Private use of social media advice provided to employees

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to WA Department of Sport and Recreation as part of a batch sent to 204 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by WA Department of Sport and Recreation.

Dear WA 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

Marc Dimmick, WA Department of Sport and Recreation

Thank you Mr James Smith,

We are happy to progress your request. Please go to the following location where you can submit your request and $30.

Kind regards
Director Information Management

Locutus Sum left an annotation ()

Mostly I classify a response like this one to say "clarification requested" because the agency has told the applicant that some more information (and money!) is needed before the request will be processed. This time, I have put the response in the category of "refused" because it is two months when the agency has 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) way and although I have made the classification of "refused", the applicant can use this same request page if he wishes to pursue the request.

It can be a problem when an applicant sends out a very large number of requests together in a bulk request. It is very convenient for the applicant when she makes the requests but then when so many responses are received it is inconvenient to work out how to continue ... or even to classify the responses.