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Precise salaries paid to the Department’s SES officers for FY14/15, FY15/16 and FY16/17

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Dear Department of Finance (the Department),

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 Department 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 Department albeit such that every reference to 'OAIC' in the OAIC request should be read as a reference to the 'Department'. I rely on all my submissions contained in the OAIC request, in support of this request made of the Department under s.15 of the FOI Act.

Further, I am amenable to the Department providing copies of relevant group certificates or otherwise a payroll report or other summary document with the names of the relevant 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).

Thanks.

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Thank you for your email, which has been forwarded to the Department’s FOI
Team for their consideration. A member of the FOI Team will respond to
your email in the next couple of days.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Coordinator

 

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Thank you for your email to the Freedom of Information Team at the
Department of Finance. An officer will respond to your email shortly. In
the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
the FOI Team on (02) 6215 1783.

Kind regards,

FOI Team, Legal and Assurance Branch
Business Enabling Services
Department of Finance
T: 02 6215 1783 E: [Finance request email]
A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

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Dear FOI Applicant

 

Freedom of Information Request – FOI 18/16

Thank you for your email to the Department of Finance (Finance) requesting
access to the following under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (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 Department to my FOI request made of the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner here (the 'OAIC request'):
[1]https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/p...

 

By this application I make the same request of the Department albeit such
that every reference to 'OAIC' in the OAIC request should be read as a
reference to the 'Department'. I rely on all my submissions contained in
the OAIC request, in support of this request made of the Department under
s.15 of the FOI Act.

 

Further, I am amenable to the Department providing copies of relevant
group certificates or otherwise a payroll report or other summary document
with the names of the relevant 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).’

 

Your request was received by Finance on 7 February 2018.  The statutory
period for processing your request commences from the day after Finance
received your request.  This matter is due on 9 March 2018. 

 

The processing 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.

 

Liability to pay a charge

You will be notified of any charges in relation to your request as soon as
possible, before we process any requested documents or impose a final
charge.

 

Publication

As required by the FOI Act, any documents provided to you under the FOI
Act will be published on our [2]disclosure log, unless an exemption
applies or the documents are characterised as containing personal
information.  Documents will be published within one working day after
they are released to you.

 

Policy to exclude junior officer contact details

Finance has adopted a policy to generally exclude from any documents
released under FOI, the names and contact details of junior staff (non-SES
officers) and staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act
1984 (adviser level and below). Finance’s preference is to reach agreement
with FOI applicants to exclude these details from the scope of the
request. Where there is no objection, the names and contact details of
junior officers are redacted under section 22 of the FOI Act, on the basis
that these details are irrelevant to the request. 

 

Please contact the FOI Team on the below contact details if you wish to
discuss your request.

 

Kind Regards

FOI Officer

 

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FOI Officer, Legal and Assurance Branch

Business Enabling Services

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783

E: [4][Finance request email]

A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

 

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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Dear FOI Applicant

 

Finance will be conducting third party consultation for this FOI request.
As provided for under the FOI Act, the processing period has been extended
by 30 days to allow for this consultation. As such, a decision will be due
to you by 8 April 2018.

 

Please contact us on the details below if you would like to discuss
further.

 

Kind regards

FOI Officer

 

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FOI Officer, Legal and Assurance Branch

Business Enabling Services

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [2][Finance request email]

A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

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Dear FOI Applicant

Please find attached a decision in relation to your FOI request (our
reference FOI 18/16).

 

Kind regards

FOI Officer

 

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FOI Officer, Legal and Assurance Branch

Business Enabling Services

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [2][Finance request email]

A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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