Position Tree Report as at 16 July 2022

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

I previously requested copy of DVA's position tree in January of this year https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/p...

As six months have passed, and a number of positions have changed since, I request copy of a position tree report for all of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

This report can be produced entirely by DVA's computers.

Ciao

Julie

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Julie

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (the department) has received your
request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). I note you have requested access to the following:

I previously requested copy of DVA's position tree in January of this year
https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/p...

As six months have passed, and a number of positions have changed since, I
request copy of a position tree report for all of the Department of
Veterans' Affairs.

This report can be produced entirely by DVA's computers.

 

Your request was received by the department on 16 July 2022 and the
ordinary 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced
from the day after that date.

 

Extension of Time

Due to an increase in the number of information access applications
currently being received by the department, we are asking your agreement
to an extension of time for a further 30 days to process this request
under section 15AA of the FOI Act. This would mean that your request is
due on 14 September 2022.

 

If we are in a position to make a decision on your request earlier than
this date, we will endeavour to do so.

 

The statutory period may also be extended if we need to consult third
parties or for other reasons permitted under the FOI Act. We will advise
you if this happens.

 

Please reply by return email if you agree to this extension of time. If
you do agree we will notify the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner (OAIC) of your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act.

 

Charges

 

The department will advise you if a charge is payable to process your
request and the amount of any such charge as soon as practicable. No
charge is payable for providing a person with their own personal
information.

 

Your address

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address that we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[1][FOI #9142 email] . Unless you tell us
otherwise, we will send all notices and correspondence to this address.

 

Disclosure log

 

Information released under the FOI Act may be published on a disclosure
log on our website, subject to certain exceptions. These exceptions
include where publication of personal, business, professional or
commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[2][DVA request email]

 

We look forward to receiving your response to our request for an extension
of time and for the removal of certain information as out of scope from
your request. 

 

Yours sincerely

Arthur

Position Number 62210944

Information Access Officer

Information Access Unit              

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Email: [3][email address]

 

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Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

This foi requested a document that has been routinely released by DVA under FOI and is not novel or unusual.

It is produced entirely by an reporting command from DVA's computer system and involves no search activity or any consideration of exemption/redactions because it simply an update on the series of these previously released position reports.

On checking the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner Guidelines, it states that foi agencies are expected to cope with temporary surges by using available resources that large agencies such as DVA have to comply with the 30 day processing period

Taking into account the minimal effort involved in producing this foi request (given it is a regular foi request now, able to be produced entirely by computers available to DVA, with no search activity involved or any novel exemptions to consider) it is not appropriate to agree to an additional 30 day
section 15AA FOI Act extension of time.

I have also taken DVA's history of misusing such extension of time in the past in determining that a section 15AA FOI Act extension of time is not justified in these circumstances.

Ciao

Julie

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Ms Julie,

 

Please find attached decision for LEX 50843.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Jodie (position number 62110588)

Assistant Director Information Access Unit

Client Contact – Client Access & Rehabilitation

 

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Postal: GPO Box 9998   BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Ph: 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) 

Website: [2]www.dva.gov.au

 

 

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Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

The document released is not that requested, which was copy of this report https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/8... updated.

Ciao

Julie

Dear 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 LEX 50843 'Position Tree Report as at 16 July 2022'.

On 16 July I asked for an updated copy of the following report https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/8...
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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

I previously requested copy of DVA's position tree in January of this year https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/p...

As six months have passed, and a number of positions have changed since, I request copy of a position tree report for all of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

This report can be produced entirely by DVA's computers.
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Instead of doing so, DVA has released an APS headcount instead, which contains no position numbers or title information or any of the information produced in the previous report.

This invalid substituting of the scope of my request did not come from me, and did not have my consent.

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...

Ciao

Julie

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Julie

 

I understand from your email below that you are requesting an internal
review "on the handling of my FOI LEX 50843 'Position Tree Report as at 16
July 2022".

 

Internal review is only available on a decision made and is not available
on the 'handling' of a request. Therefore, this request for internal
review is invalid and as such the department will not review the handling
of the decision.

 

Background:

 

This request relates to LEX 47363 made by Ms Verity Pane seeking:

 

"I previously obtained a position tree report for the Legal Branch of DVA
[1]https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/l...

 

I seek the same report but this time for those areas of DVA that are
responsible for veteran MRCA/DRCA/VEA liability and compensation
processing/assessment. I wish to understand how many positions at DVA are
involved, and the extent of their distribution (state/territory location,
aps/contractor, employment level)."

 

 

And LEX 50843 requested:

 

"I previously requested copy of DVA's position tree in January of this
year
[2]https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/p...

As six months have passed, and a number of positions have changed since, I
request copy of a position tree report for all of the Department of
Veterans' Affairs."

 

The information previous provided was limited the MRCA/DRCA liability and
compensation processing/assessment, whereas, LEX 50843 request was for a
‘decision tree’ of the entire department. Therefore, the information
request is far broader in scope and is not an update of the LEX 47363.

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Regards,

 

Stella

 

 

[3]cid:image005.jpg@01D80C75.0B2A2D10 Stella Majury

Executive Director

Information Access Unit

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
DVA is committed to supporting [4]cid:image002.jpg@01D3BD42.81E4E7F0
veterans and their families. We all
deserve to be treated with courtesy
and respect. We ask that you treat us
the same way.

 

This email comes to you from Kaurna
Country.

 

 

 

 

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Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

The phrase 'handling of my FOI request' is the template text used by Right to Know for internal reviews for decades now, and which DVA have processed without issue until this refusal.

There is no discretion for you to refusal to deal with the internal review request as it met the requirements of s 54B of being in writing and within 30 days. Your refusal to deal is therefore unlawful and beyond your powers as a delegate.

Ciao

Julie

Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

I request for the purposes of the FOI Act copy of all records relating to DVA LEX 50843 (including the LEX reports) and all records (including the LEX reports) relating to my request for internal review of LEX 50843 that I made on 23 August.

Ciao

Julie

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Dear Julie,

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (the Department) has received your
request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). I note you have requested access to the following:

              ‘…I request for the purposes of the FOI Act copy of all
records relating to DVA LEX 50843 (including the LEX reports) and all
records (including the LEX reports) relating to my request for internal
review of LEX 50843 that I made on 23 August.

 

Your request was received by the department on 10 September 2022  and the
ordinary 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced
from the day after that date…’

 

Charges

 

The Department will advise you if a charge is payable to process your
request and the amount of any such charge as soon as practicable. No
charge is payable for providing a person with their own personal
information.

 

Your address

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address that we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[FOI #9142 email] . Unless you tell us
otherwise, we will send all notices and correspondence to this address.

 

Disclosure log

 

Information released under the FOI Act may be published on a disclosure
log on our website, subject to certain exceptions. These exceptions
include where publication of personal, business, professional or
commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[1][DVA request email]

 

Yours sincerely

Natalie (Position Number 62336364)

Senior Information Access Officer

Information Access Unit

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

[2][DVA request email]

 

12 September 2022

 

 

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