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Dear Services Australia,

I request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, copies of the following documents:

Participation in Cashless Debit Card (CDC) 103-03150010

from your Operational Blueprint.

I request that it be posted to your operational blueprint site for all to see if unredacted, or if unable to be done a PDF to this right to know request.

Yours faithfully,

Posty

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION, Services Australia



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Dear Services Australia,

Given the announcement to "Abolish the Cashless Debit Card" today:
https://twitter.com/AmandaRishworth/stat...

I would like to amend my request to additionally ask for any documents relating to the abolishment of the Cashless Debit Card.

Yours faithfully,

Posty

FOI.LEGAL.TEAM, Services Australia

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Dear Posty

 

Please find attached correspondence from Services Australia dated 7 June
2022 in relation to your request for access under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards,

 

Kristina

[1][email address]

Freedom of Information Team

LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

[2]Title: Services Australia branding - Description: Services Australia
servicesaustralia.gov.au

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Dear Posty

 

Please find attached correspondence from Services Australia dated 22 June
2022 in relation to your request for access under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards

 

Phillipa

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Dear Phillipa,

RE part 2 of the scope - how about

"v) any article on which information has been stored or recorded, either
mechanically or electronically"

i'll nail that down further to electronically in common, expected systems, ie collaboration platforms, written record.

how does that sound? is that more doable?

Yours sincerely,

Posty

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Dear Posty

 

Thank you for providing additional information relating to the documents
you are seeking.

 

I understand from your correspondence that with respect to part 2 of your
request, you are seeking the following:

 

I would like to amend my request to additionally ask for any documents
relating to the abolishment of the Cashless Debit Card, with documents
being any article on which information has been stored or recorded, either
mechanically or electronically, in common, expected systems i.e.
collaboration platforms, written record.

 

Unfortunately, a practical refusal reason still exists in relation to your
request. The wording of your request remains too broad and may encompass a
wide range of documents relating to a variety of subjects, across multiple
repositories and created by multiple different business areas. The agency
is unable to conduct searches to locate documents relevant to your request
as we are unable to identify the specific documents sought.

 

As suggested in our correspondence to you dated 22 June 2022, you may wish
to provide the following further information in relation to the documents
you are seeking:

 

•             the title of the documents that you are seeking access to

•             the format of the documents that you are seeking access to

•             the author of the documents that you are seeking access to

•             the location or relevant business area that may hold the
documents that you are seeking access to

•             any further detail of the content of the documents that you
are seeking access to

•             limiting your request to a specific time period, or

•             excluding particular documents that are not of interest.

 

We look forward to receiving a response from you by 6 July 2022 advising
whether you would like to withdraw the request, make a revised request, or
tell us that you do not want to revise your request.

 

Kind regards

 

Phillipa

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Freedom of Information Team

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Dear Phillipa,

OK I suppose 'written word' does make it quite a lot of repositories, thankyou for explaining that.

Let's narrow the scope yet again to your email/calendaring system and collaboration (ie outlook, microsoft teams).

I can't really narrow it down much more because the minister hasn't really said much more than 'will be abolished' - that's the topic.

Yours sincerely,

Posty

FOI.LEGAL.TEAM, Services Australia

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Dear Posty

 

Thank you for providing further additional information relating to the
documents you are seeking.

 

I understand from your correspondence that with respect to part 2 of your
request, you are seeking the following:

 

Any documents relating to the abolishment of the Cashless Debit Card, with
documents being the agency’s email/calendaring system and collaboration
(i.e. outlook, microsoft teams)

 

Your further correspondence has assisted the agency to determine the
format of the documents you are seeking however we require further
consultation with you under section 24AB of the FOI Act to clearly
identify the subject matter of the documents you require.

 

From the information you have provided in your correspondence dated 28
June 2022, it appears you may be seeking documents which relate to the Hon
Amanda Rishworth MP’s Tweet dated 3 June 2022, titled “Media Release:
Abolishing the Cashless Debit Card”.

 

Proposed revised scope

 

To assist you in lodging a valid FOI request, I suggest that you may wish
to revise your request to be for access to the following:

 

Any documents held by the agency relating to the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP,
Minister for Social Services’ Tweet titled “Media Release: Abolishing the
Cashless Debit Card” as at 3 June 2022, with documents being the agency’s
email/calendaring system and collaboration (i.e. outlook, Microsoft
teams).

If this is correct and you wish to proceed with an FOI request as framed
above, please respond to this email by close of business 6 July 2022 to
confirm this or otherwise clearly specify what documents you are seeking
to access. If you do not agree to this revised scope, the agency will
continue to formally consult with you under section 24AB of the FOI Act.

The agency will progress your request once we have been able to confirm
the scope of the request with you.  

Kind regards

 

Phillipa

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Freedom of Information Team

LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

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Dear Phillipa,

Thankyou for that superbly worded scope! Sometimes it's hard to put exactly what you mean in the specificity needed for FOI requests and you have helped immensely.

Thankyou!

Yes, I agree to the proposed scope revisal:

" Any documents held by the agency relating to the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP,
Minister for Social Services’ Tweet titled “Media Release: Abolishing the
Cashless Debit Card” as at 3 June 2022, with documents being the agency’s
email/calendaring system and collaboration (i.e. outlook, Microsoft
teams)."

Yours sincerely,

Posty

FOI.LEGAL.TEAM, Services Australia

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Dear Posty

Freedom of Information Request – Acknowledgement and Extension of Time Request

Thank you for your email dated 4 July 2022 confirming you agree to the
proposed revised scope. We note Services Australia has now completed the
formal consultation process with you under section 24AB of the FOI Act and
will continue to process your FOI request.

 

Pursuant to your correspondence, you have revised your request for access
to:

 

I request, under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, copies of the
following documents:

Participation in Cashless Debit Card (CDC) 103-03150010 from your
Operational Blueprint.

I request that it be posted to your operational blueprint site for all to
see if unredacted, or if unable to be done a PDF to this right to know
request

 

Any documents held by the agency relating to the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP,
Minister for Social Services’ Tweet titled “Media Release: Abolishing the
Cashless Debit Card” as at 3 June 2022, with documents being the agency’s
email/calendaring system and collaboration (i.e. outlook, Microsoft
teams).

 

The 30 day statutory period for processing your request re-commended from
the day after you revised the scope of your request. Currently, a decision
is due by 14 July 2022.

 

The FOI team is actively reviewing the relevant documents within the scope
of your revised FOI request. However, additional business areas have now
been identified under the revised scope of your request and we are still
undertaking consultation with these business areas. Further, at least one
of these business areas is assisting with the Australian Government
disaster payments for the July 2022 NSW Floods and requires additional
time to identify and retrieve documents within the scope of your revised
FOI request.

 

This means that Services Australia will not be in a position to provide
you with a decision by the current due date of 14 July 2022.

 

We are therefore respectfully seeking your agreement to extend the
processing time by an additional 28 days under section 15AA of the FOI
Act. This would mean a decision would be due by 11 August 2022. If we are
able to provide you with a decision sooner, we will do so.

 

If you agree to this additional time, we would appreciate if you could
reply to this email with ‘I agree’ no later than Wednesday 13 July 2022.

 

If no response is received, we may seek an extension from the Information
Commissioner.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we process your request.

 

Kind regards

 

Phillipa

[1][email address]

Freedom of Information Team

LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

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Dear Philliipa,

Because you have been so helpful in revising the scope, and aforementioned business reasons I will agree to the extension of time.

Sorry I'm late, but you don't have to go to the OAIC, they have enough to do please.

Yours sincerely,

Posty

FOI.LEGAL.TEAM, Services Australia

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Dear Posty

 

Thank you for your email dated 15 July 2022 confirming you agree to an
extension of time to process your request. We greatly appreciate your
patience and understanding.

 

We note a decision for your request was due on 14 July 2022. As we did not
receive a response from you by this date, Services Australia (the agency)
applied to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
for an extension of time under section 15AB of the FOI Act. This was done
to extend the processing time and prevent a ‘deemed refusal’ of your
request under section 15AC of the FOI Act.

 

For your awareness, the agency applied to the OAIC for an extension of
time in the same terms as our request to you made on 11 July 2022, being
for an extension of time of 28 days. As noted in our previous
correspondence, this would mean a decision would be due by 11 August 2022.

 

The agency will provide a copy of your correspondence dated 15 July 2022
confirming you agree to an extension of time to the OAIC for their
consideration in processing our application for an extension of time.

 

The FOI team will continue to process your request while the OAIC
considers the agency’s application. We will be sure to notify you when we
receive an outcome or other correspondence from the OAIC regarding our
application for an extension of time.

 

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

Kind regards

 

Phillipa

[1][email address]

Freedom of Information Team

LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

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Dear FOI Contact Officer,

 

Please see attached decision regarding Services Australia’s application
for an extension of time to process FOI request LEX 68168.

 

Kind regards,

 

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Dear Posty

 

I refer to our correspondence dated 18 July 2022 where we advised you that
Services Australia (the agency) applied to the Office of the Australian
Information Commissioner (OAIC) for an extension of time under section
15AB of the FOI Act.

 

As an update, on 20 July 2022 the OAIC granted the agency an extension of
time to process your FOI request under section 15AB(2) of the FOI Act. We
confirm a decision is now due by 11 August 2022.

 

We understand the OAIC sent you a copy of their decision on 20 July 2022.
Please let us know if you have not received this correspondence.

 

As noted in our previous correspondence, the agency will continue to
process your request. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do
not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards

 

Phillipa

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Freedom of Information Team

LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

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Dear Posty,

 

I am writing to you in regards to your Freedom of Information (FOI)
request to Services Australia (the agency).

 

We appreciate your previous agreement to an extension of time, which was
provided to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner as part
of the section 15AB extension of time application and subsequent approval.
This extension under section 15AB of the FOI Act provided the agency with
an additional 28 days to process your request.

 

The agency is currently in the process of reviewing the decision on your
request, therefore we are unlikely to be in a position to provide you with
a decision by the current due date of 11 August 2022. On this basis, we
respectfully request an additional 2 days extension of time to process
this request under section 15AA of the FOI Act.  The effect of the
extension would mean the new decision due date would be 13 August
2022, however as this is not a usual business day the due date for
notification will be Monday 15 August 2022.

 

If you agree with this extension of time, we would appreciate if you could
please respond to this email stating ‘I agree’ by 3pm today, 11 August
2022.

 

Regards

 

Kylie, Authorised FOI Decision Maker

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Dear Kyle,

Appreciate the communication, given the length - extension granted.

I agree.

Yours sincerely,

Posty

FOI.LEGAL.TEAM, Services Australia

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Dear Posty

 

Please see attached decision letter and document in relation to your FOI
request.

 

Regards

 

Kylie, Authorised FOI Decision Maker

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