Number of meetings with Save the Children in relation to offshore processing

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I would like the request the number of times per year that (representatives of) the Department of Home Affairs or its predecessor Departments held senior management meetings with (representatives of) Save the Children Australia in relation to the latter's contracted work in offshore processing centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, from 2012 to 2016.

Thank you for your assistance with this FOI request.

Yours faithfully,

Eleanor Davey

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/03/01199
File Number: OBJ2021/9886

Dear Ms Davey

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 23 March 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:

The number of times per year that (representatives of) the Department of Home Affairs or its predecessor Departments held senior management meetings with (representatives of) Save the Children Australia in relation to the latter's contracted work in offshore processing centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, from 2012 to 2016.

We note your request is a general enquiry rather than a request for documents. Can you please confirm you are wanting statistical data on the number of meeting held between the Department and Save the Children from 2012 to 2016? Please respond by Friday 26 March.

Your request was received by the Department on 23 March 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/03/01199 . Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/03/01199
File Number: OBJ2021/9886

Dear Ms Davey

I refer to our email below where we asked for further information so that we could process this request. To date, it appears that we have not received a response and therefore are unable to action this request.

We note your request is a general enquiry rather than a request for documents. Can you please confirm you are wanting statistical data on the number of meeting held between the Department and Save the Children from 2012 to 2016? Please respond by Friday 26 March.

If we do not receive a response by close of business Thursday 01 April, the request will be considered closed and no further action will be taken on it.


Kind Regards,

FOI Officer
Position Number: 60007069MS
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for following up. Yes, that is correct I am looking for statistical data not documents. If possible, I would like that data to be broken down by year across that period because this helps to understand the picture more accurately. Thanks for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Davey

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:

Our Reference: FA 21/03/01199

File Reference: OBJ2021/9886

 

Dear Ms Davey

Request for Extension of Time under section 15AA

I refer to your request received on 23 March 2021 for access to documents
under the FOI Act. The current due date for your request is 22 April
2021. The scope of your request is as follows:

 

The number of times per year that (representatives of) the Department of
Home Affairs or its predecessor Departments held senior management
meetings with (representatives of) Save the Children Australia in relation
to the latter's contracted work in offshore processing centres in Papua
New Guinea and Nauru, from 2012 to 2016.

In order for the Department to complete the decision making process in
relation to the documents that fall within the scope of your request, the
Department will require additional time to process your request.

The Department seeks your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act to
extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 7 days. This
would extend the due date for your request to 29 April 2021.

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by close of business, 21 April 2021.

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to
contact me by return email.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI Officer (DT) | Position number: 60094805

Freedom of Information Section

Department of Home Affairs 

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Dear Ms Davey

 

FOI request FA 21/03/01199

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 23 March 2021, seeking access to
the following:

The number of times per year that (representatives of) the Department of
Home Affairs or its predecessor Departments held senior management
meetings with (representatives of) Save the Children Australia in relation
to the latter's contracted work in offshore processing centres in Papua
New Guinea and Nauru, from 2012 to 2016.

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please find attached
the decision record.

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Regards,

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

Email: [1][Department of Home Affairs request email]

Department of Home Affairs - [2]www.homeaffairs.gov.au

 

 

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