Private use of social media advice provided to employees

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Education

The request was refused by Department of Education.

From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Education,

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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From: Education - FOI
Department of Education

Dear Mr Smith,

 

We refer to your email below seeking access under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) to the following documents:

                                                                                         

…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

 

The Department of Education and Training has received your request and
will process it in accordance with the FOI Act.

 

If you have any questions about your request, please contact us via email:
[1][email address]

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Team

Commonwealth Department of Education and Training

 

 

 

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Department of Education


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Dear Mr Smith,

 

Please find attached correspondence about your freedom of information
request.

 

Regards,

 

The FOI Team

Department of Education and Training

 

 

Notice:
The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 566 046 during business hours (8:30am - 5pm Local
time) and delete all copies of this transmission together with any
attachments. 

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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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