People and Culture Committee

Julie made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Veterans' Affairs

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department of Veterans' Affairs should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

From: Julie

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

Under FOI I seek the minutes of the DVA People and Culture Committee for FY17/18.

Yours faithfully,

Julie

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Dear Julie,

 

Acknowledgement of FOI Request – FOI 25071

 

I refer to your request to access information held by our Department under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).  The Department received
your request on 13 October 2018. In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of
the FOI Act, the Department has 30 days to process your request. As such,
a decision on your request is due by 12 November 2018.

 

If you have any questions about your FOI matter, please contact us using
the following details:

 

Post: Legal Services & Assurance, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

Facsimile: (02) 6289 6337

Email: [1][email address]

 

In all communications please quote reference FOI 25071.

 

Kind Regards,

 

 

Information Law | Legal Services & Assurance Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998 Canberra ACT 2601

E: [2][email address]

 

 

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Good afternoon Julie,

 

FOI 25071 - Decision and Statement of Reasons

 

Further to your FOI request received by the Department on 13 October 2018,
please find attached a decision in relation to your request.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Information Law Section | Legal Services and General Counsel Branch

Legal Assurance and Governance Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
E: [1][email address] | W: [2]www.dva.gov.au

 

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From: Julie

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For the Department of Veterans' Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Veterans' Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'People and Culture Committee'.

Yet another senior DVA executive committee identified by DVA’s own Corporate Plan as existing, yet surprisingly no documentary record, apart from the Corporate Plan, exists...

Yet again the hostility of DVA towards FOI is on full display.

Either DVA has a unethical policy of breaching the Archives Act by destroying records, so as to avoid their capture by FOI, or is the most unique public sector agency in the world, in that its identified executive corporate governance committees never meet and never record anything, ever.

I seek internal review on the basis to claim such records do not exist approaches fantasy, given the existence of these committees is identified by DVA itself.

These types of committee simply do not exist in a vacuum, given the members are all at the SES bands, and they report to the DVA board.

It seems like intentional bad faith is in play here, and it is quite disturbing that DVA would go so far as to knowingly lie (but then again, I guess, your flam s 15AB application that the OAIC knocked back as being too ridiculous proves that your willingness to go that far).

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/p...

Sincerely,

Julie

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Good afternoon Julie,

 

FOI 25411 - Internal Review acknowledgement

 

Further to your request received by the Department on 26 October 2018,
please accept this as acknowledgement of your request for an internal
review of FOI 25071. A decision on your request will be due by 26 November
2018.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Information Law Section | Legal Services and General Counsel Branch

Legal Assurance and Governance Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
E: [1][email address] | W: [2]www.dva.gov.au

 

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Dear Julie

 

FOI 25411 – Decision and Statement of Reasons

 

Please find attached the decision in relation to your freedom of
information internal review request received by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs on 26 October 2018.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Law Section | Legal Services & Assurance Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

E: [1][email address]

 

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From: Julie

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As the Department of Veterans‘ Affairs has repeatedly failed to be reasonable, I have had no choice but to refer this unethical behaviour to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

I would highlight the unprofessional bad faith behaviour by Veterans’ Affairs, is simply odious and entirely inappropriate.

Julie

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