Dear Murray-Darling Basin Authority,
The following is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act.
I am conducting research, across a range of Government agencies, into the Government's enterprise bargaining framework for the Commonwealth Public Service. Specifically, in the interests of equity and transparency, whether the Government's policy to reduce the living standards of rank and file public servants (that is, public servants who are not considered senior executive service staff ('SES')) also extends to SES public servants.
I refer the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (the Authority) to my FOI request made of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner here (the 'OAIC request'): https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/p...
By this application I make the same request of the Authority albeit such that every reference to 'OAIC' in the OAIC request should be read as a reference to the 'Authority'. I rely on all my submissions contained in the OAIC request, in support of this request made of the APSC under s.15 of the FOI Act.
Further, I am amenable to the Authority providing copies of relevant group certificates or otherwise a payroll report or other summary document with the names of the relevant SES officers redacted but only on the condition that each relevant officer's name be replaced by a single unique identifier such that each relevant SES officer's precise salary can be tracked over the three relevant financial years (eg. SES officer #1, SES officer #2, SES officer #3 etc).
Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Request no. 86.
I refer to your request for access to documents relating to SES salaries under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. I have taken your request to be for:
"Documents which detail the precise salary paid to each of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA's) SES officers in the following financial years - FY2014/15, FY 2015/16 and FY2016/17. That information might be included in the group certificates/end-of-year PAYG payments summaries issued by the MDBA to its SES officers, or common law contracts relating to the employment of the relevant SES officers or, any relevant determinations made under subsection 24(1) or 24(3) of the Public Service Act 1999 in respect of those relevant SES officers or, perhaps a document prepared pursuant to s.17 of the FOI Act."
As your request was received in the Agency on Wednesday 14 March 2018, this means the Agency must provide a decision on access no later than Friday 13 April 2018. This period may be extended if we need to consult third parties, impose a charge, or for other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.
Legal and Parliamentary Services
Murray–Darling Basin Authority
GPO Box 1801 Canberra ACT 2601
p: (02) 6279 0100
e: [Murray-Darling Basin Authority request email]
Follow the MDBA:
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FOI 86 - SES Remuneration
I refer to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request of 14 March 2018.
Please find attached the signed decision letter dated 13 April 2018 and FOI Fact Sheet 12 – Your Review Rights.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Legal and Parliamentary Services
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