Preparation of Nauru RPC to accommodate children 2012-2018

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I would like to request under the Freedom of Information Act any and all site assessments and/or records of site preparation works pertaining to the possibility of transferring or otherwise accommodating children of any age (including infants) in the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru from 2012-2018.

Thank you for your assistance with this request.

Yours faithfully,

Eleanor Davey

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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FOI Request: FA 21/03/01159
File Number: OBJ2021/9809

Dear Ms Davey

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 23 March 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:

I would like to request under the Freedom of Information Act any and all site assessments and/or records of site preparation works pertaining to the possibility of transferring or otherwise accommodating children of any age (including infants) in the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru from 2012-2018..

Your request was received by the Department on 23 March 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/03/01159 . Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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Our references: FA 21/03/01159; OBJ2021/9809

 

Dear Ms Davey

 

This email refers to your FOI request seeking access to:

I would like to request under the Freedom of Information Act any and all
site assessments and/or records of site preparation works pertaining to
the possibility of transferring or otherwise accommodating children of any
age (including infants) in the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru from
2012-2018.

 

The purpose of this email is to advise you, as required under s.24AB of
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) that I consider a practical
refusal reason exists under s.24AA of the FOI Act in relation to your
request. I have set out my reasons and the actions required by you in the
attached notice.

 

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consultation period, which is close of business Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

 

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Dear FOI,
Thank you for your correspondence, unfortunately there was a problem with the system and the email was somehow held up.

I would like to limit my request to site assessments pertaining to the possibility of transferring or otherwise accommodating children of any age (including infants) in the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru from 2012-2018.

I hope that this limitation in the type of documentation required will make the request practicable. Thank you for the time that has been taken to understand the scope and practical implications of the previous, more inclusive request.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Davey

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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Dear Ms Davey,

Thanks for your email.

After consultation with the relevant business area they have confirmed that your revision of the scope won't narrow down the documents.

To help us try to find the documents you are after could you specify what you mean by 'site assessments'? For example, are you looking for assessments of the infrastructure, or security or something else more specific? Some more clarification would be helpful. Also, as the current date range is quite broad (2012-2018) if you are able to narrow this down further to a more specific date range that would also be very helpful.

If you have any questions regarding this please let us know via return email.

Kind regards,

Will
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Dear Will and colleagues,

Thank you for following up. I'm sorry this is proving so difficult to clarify and appreciate your patience.
Site assessments would refer specifically to the Nauru RPC (not, for example, to security issues in Nauru more generally); that said, they might encompass various issues such as physical terrain, accommodation, recreational or educational facilities. It is my understanding that these are usually assessed holistically in a single package when considering a site but if they were divided into separate documents I would like to request them all rather than only one element of the assessment. However, I would not need site assessments that were specifically designed for consideration of adult or staff needs.
To make the chronology more manageable, the request could be limited to 2012 and 2013 - that is, to the phases when decisions were being made about reopening the centres and their appropriateness for children and families.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Davey

Dear Will and colleagues,

Just resending to ensure that my previous message (dated 5 May 2021) made it to you. I have copied it below again just in case.

Kind regards,
Eleanor

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Thank you for following up. I'm sorry this is proving so difficult to clarify and appreciate your patience.
Site assessments would refer specifically to the Nauru RPC (not, for example, to security issues in Nauru more generally); that said, they might encompass various issues such as physical terrain, accommodation, recreational or educational facilities. It is my understanding that these are usually assessed holistically in a single package when considering a site but if they were divided into separate documents I would like to request them all rather than only one element of the assessment. However, I would not need site assessments that were specifically designed for consideration of adult or staff needs.
To make the chronology more manageable, the request could be limited to 2012 and 2013 - that is, to the phases when decisions were being made about reopening the centres and their appropriateness for children and families.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Davey

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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Dear Eleanor,

Thank you for your email.

Yes we have received your revised scope. We are in the process of considering and seeing if we can find the documents.

Kind regards,

Will
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Dear Will, dear FOI colleagues,

I was wondering if it would be possible to have an update on this request. I am conscious of the time frame for the normal response to the request and hope it can be resolved soon. Thanks again for your work on assessing it so far.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Davey

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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Good morning Eleanor,

Thank you for your email.

Yes we apologise for the delay in getting back to you for this case. We had some documents that we thought were in scope but they turned out to be the wrong ones. So we are still searching for any documents that may be in scope. I have contacted another area of the Department and am waiting to see what they can find.

Thanks for your patience on this.

Yours sincerely

Will
Position No. 60043894
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Freedom of Information
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Good afternoon Ms Davey,

This email is just to confirm that we have accepted your revised scope and are proceeding to process your request.
Your revised scope has been interpreted as the following:

'I would like to limit my request to site assessments pertaining to the possibility of transferring or otherwise accommodating children of any age (including infants) in the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru from 2012-2018. I would not need site assessments that were specifically designed for consideration of adult or staff needs'

We will provide you with a decision on this in due course

If you would like to discuss any of the above please contact the FOI section at [Department of Home Affairs request email]

Yours sincerely

Will
Position No. 60043894
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Good afternoon Ms Davey,

Apologies for this but I just noticed I wrote the date range incorrectly in the below revised scope, it should've said 2012-2013.

So the correct revised scope is:

'I would like to limit my request to site assessments pertaining to the possibility of transferring or otherwise accommodating children of any age (including infants) in the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru from 2012-2013. I would not need site assessments that were specifically designed for consideration of adult or staff needs'

Yours sincerely

Will
Position No. 60043894
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Freedom of Information
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Dear Ms Davey

 

FOI request FA 21/03/01159

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 23 March 2021, seeking access to
the following:

I would like to request under the Freedom of Information Act any and all
site assessments and/or records of site preparation works pertaining to
the possibility of transferring or otherwise accommodating children of any
age (including infants) in the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru from
2012-2018.

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please find attached
the decision record.

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Guy

Position no. 60103474

FOI Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division

Strategy & Law Enforcement Group

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