Private use of social media advice provided to employees

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to NT Deptartment of Tourism and Culture

The request was refused by NT Deptartment of Tourism and Culture.

From: James Smith


Dear NT Department of Sport and Recreation,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I request documents related to the ten most recent instances where an employee has sought information, advice, guidance, or opinion on their social media use in a private capacity.

I limit the scope of documents to:
- the original request from the employee
- the agency/department's response
- any follow-up questions and response
- only those sent to a relevant HR / conduct / social media (or similar) team (rather than managers across all areas of the organisation)
- where the original request was created in the last 2 years

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

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Sent request to NT Deptartment of Tourism and Culture again, using a new contact address.

NT Deptartment of Tourism and Culture

Good afternoon

Further to your email below, sorry for the delay in responding to your email.

I notice your email is addressed to the Department of Sport and Recreation, however Sport and Recreation is a division within the Department of Tourism and Culture, therefore please clarify if your request is directed to a specific division or department. However, before further consideration can be given to your request, please provide a copy of your identification (usually a driver's licence) and your application fee of $30. The application fee is payable to the RTM.

Information on what identification is required to lodge a request can be found at the following link:

Information on how to pay the application fee can be found at the following link:

Please email the receipt from the RTM and your driver's licence to [NT Deptartment of Tourism and Culture request email].

Kind regards

Cathy O’Brien
Manager Secretariat
Executive Services
Department of Tourism and Culture
Level 8, 19 The Mall
Charles Darwin Centre,
PO Box 1155 Darwin NT 0801

P…(08) 8999 4002
E…catherine.o’[email address]

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Note 1: Mostly I classify a response like this one to say "clarification requested" because the agency has told the applicant that some more information (or money!) is needed before the request will be processed. This time, I have put the response in the category of "refused" because it is more than 1 year since the agency responded and the applicant has not made a follow-up. This does not mean that the agency will refuse the request when an application is made in the correct (required).

Note 2: Although an application under the Freedom of Information Act 1983 of the Commonwealth of Australia does not require an application fee, this is not the case with applications in the states and territories of Australia. Then an applicant must usually pay a fee, or the request is not valid.

Note 2: It can be a problem when an applicant sends out a very large bulk request. Although it is convenient for the applicant, very often the application will not be valid. This is usually the fact when an applicant uses Right to Know to apply to an agency of a state or territory; see Note 2. When so many responses are received it is inconvenient to work out how to continue ... or even to classify the responses and often an applicant does not classify the responses so they create a backlog of unclassified responses on Right to Know.

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