Payment of FOI processing charges

Stephanie Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Human Services

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From: Stephanie Johnson

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Dear Department of Human Services,

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like a copy of:

• any final documents (including emails, briefs and updates) prepared by officers in the Legal Services Division between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2017 that advise the:
o Chief Legal Counsel;
o Relevant Deputy Secretaries; and/or
o Secretary,
about making arrangements for FOI charges to be paid electronically.

• any final documents (including emails, briefs and updates) prepared by officers in the Legal Services Division between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2017 that were sent to other government departments about making arrangements for FOI charges to be paid electronically.

I am not interested in any staff names or contact details and these can be removed from the documents.

My address for correspondence is by return email to the righttoknow email address.

Yours faithfully,

Stephanie Johnson

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From: FOI.LEGAL.TEAM
Department of Human Services


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Dear Ms Johnson

 

Please see the attached acknowledgment of your freedom of information
request.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Freedom of Information Team
FOI and Litigation Branch | Legal Services Division
Department of Human Services

Email: [1][email address]

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Dear Ms Johnson

 

Please see the attached correspondence in relation to your freedom of
information request.

Kind regards

 

 

Freedom of Information Team
FOI and Litigation Branch | Legal Services Division
Department of Human Services

Email: [1][email address]

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Julie left an annotation ()

Worth keeping in mind in future, when creating a broad scope that would encompass legal professional privilege material (which includes advice given by in-house lawyers to the Secretary and other office holders, and certainly would cover the advices you sought copy of here), that such documents would be exempt under s 42 of the Act from production.

In future, you should consider making an administrative request for such information, because it there was any intent by an agency to voluntarily wave LPP, they would do so quicker and without as much resource demand on the agency via administrative release.

It seems from your scope that you also sought any advice DHS may have provided other agencies on this topic. Such policy formulation/advice to external agencies on FOI would not be a function of DHS, but rather come from AGD or APSC or PMC or OAIC (although OAIC would be advisory only). You may like to ask them if they have ever done so.

It is always a good idea to read the FOI Guidelines, take a look at the AGD FOI resources for agencies, and consider not only the nature of the documents sought (remember FOI isn’t a right to information really, but rather documents), but how to not waste the time of the agency due to poor scope definition (if you make it easier for them, you’ll have more chance of them making an accurate search).

Good luck, and take the opportunity to look at the successful FOI applications here on Right to Know, and you’ll soon learn how to improve your technique.

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