OAIC MR18/00724 & MR18/00692 & s 70 Referral - Australian Digital Health Agency

Verity Pane made this Freedom of Information request to Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

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From: Verity Pane

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Dear Office of the Australian Information Commissioner,

Under FOI I request copy of all documents (the full meaning of the defined term ‘documents’, including any text messages) held by the OAIC dealing with OAIC MR18/00724 & MR18/00692 and the s 70 referral made on 26 September 2018 to the OAIC, including s 17 compilation of any RESOLVE entries.

Yours faithfully,

Verity Pane

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From: Megan McKenna
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Our reference: FOIREQ18/00179

Dear Ms Pane

Freedom of Information request

I refer to your request for access to documents made under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (the FOI Act) and received by the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) on 2 November 2018.

Scope of your request

In your email you seek access to the following:

Under FOI I request copy of all documents (the full meaning of the defined
term ‘documents’, including any text messages) held by the OAIC dealing
with OAIC MR18/00724 & MR18/00692 and the s 70 referral made on 26
September 2018 to the OAIC, including s 17 compilation of any RESOLVE
entries

In order to process your request as efficiently as possible, I will
exclude duplicates and early parts of email streams that are captured in
later email streams from the scope of this request, unless you advise me
otherwise.

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As we received your request on 2 November 2018, we must process your
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Dear Ms Pane

 

I refer to your request for access to documents, made under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (the FOI Act) and received by the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) on 2 November 2018.

 

You have sought access to:

 

Under FOI I request copy of all documents (the full meaning of the defined
term ‘documents’, including any text messages) held by the OAIC dealing
with OAIC MR18/00724 & MR18/00692 and the s 70 referral made on 26
September 2018 to the OAIC, including s 17 compilation of any RESOLVE
entries.

 

Could you please confirm by 22 November 2018 whether you are seeking to
include in scope, correspondence you have received and sent and your
contact details.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Regards

 

 

[1]cid:image001.jpg@01D4453F.0FED8EB0   Megan McKenna |  FOI Officer

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From: Verity Pane

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Dear Megan McKenna,

I *exclude* from scope any emails sent by me, unless they are part of a chain of the OAIC’s communications. My email address is to be redacted.

Yours sincerely,

Verity Pane

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Dear Ms Pane

 

Please find attached the decision and documents in relation to your FOI
request, FOIREQ18/00179.

 

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[1]cid:image001.jpg@01D4453F.0FED8EB0   Megan McKenna |  FOI Officer

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From: Verity Pane

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Dear Megan McKenna,

Thank you Megan, although it is disappointing to note that the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) was not directly relevant to the OAIC’s questions in its responses, including refusing to identify the alleged third party until doing so quite late in the piece (and interestingly claimed the ADHA claimed it was a Minister’s office DLO to me, but to the OAIC claimed it was Accenture, but also stated to the OAIC they never actually had any third party consultation with Accenture after all!).

It was also disappointing that the OAIC’s responses to the ADHA’s multiple failures to respond to deadlines the ADHA set itself, was to give the ADHA additional time, each time, and even on the third extended failure, is only looking to provide additional time, just with a more formal letter.

It’s not surprising that if agencies are aware that, in ignoring deadlines and multiple extensions granted by the OAIC, the worse that will happen is the OAIC will just give them an additional several weeks extension, that they will abuse that OAIC practice (and also that if the agency doesn’t answer the OAIC’s questions, the OAIC won’t use its coercive powers regardless, so it has no incentive to give answers to the OAIC’s questions).

It does make a mockery of the s 15(5)(a) and s 15(5)(b) deadlines, if these administrative extensions (not part of the Act) can just be given ad nauseam. If a decision is not provided shortly, I am sure claims of Christmas leave will ensure a decision notice will not be forthcoming from the ADHA until Feb 2019 at the earliest (but more likely we’ll into 2019).

It does seem that while most agencies will handle FOIs in line with the Act, a handful are (thanks to the Act not being enforced) openly thumbing their nose at it, confident the OAIC will do nothing to pull them up.

Sincerely,

Verity Pane

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