Private use of social media advice provided to employees

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Parliamentary Services

The request was refused by Department of Parliamentary Services.

From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Parliamentary Services,

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: DPS Information Requests
Department of Parliamentary Services

Dear James

We acknowledge receipt of your request for information as outlined below, received via email on 8 August 2017.

Although DPS is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act), DPS recognises the importance of transparency and accountability, and supports the principle that administrative documents should be open to public scrutiny. For this reason DPS has implemented the DPS Information Requests Policy (the Policy) to allow for public access to documents held by DPS subject to certain limitations to ensure that information, including personal, classified or restricted information is properly protected.

The Policy can be found at: http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/P...

We advise that your request will be forwarded to the decision maker in the relevant business area, to be considered in accordance with the Policy.

DPS will endeavour to process your request within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the request (in this case by 7 September 2017), unless third party consultation is required (in which case the request will be finalised within 60 calendar days).

Please don’t hesitate to contact this mailbox if you have any queries or concerns in relation to the above.

Regards

DPS Information Requests

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From: DPS Information Requests
Department of Parliamentary Services

Dear James

 

I refer to your request sent to the DPS Information Request inbox on 8
August 2017 for 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.

 

The decision maker has liaised with the Branch who would be responsible
for providing any such advice and has been advised that the department
does not hold any documents within the scope of your request. The decision
maker is satisfied that appropriate searches for documents within the
scope of your request have been undertaken and these searches have not
identified any relevant material in the possession of the department.

 

Accordingly, the department is refusing your request for access to
documents in accordance with paragraph 23(e) of the [1]DPS Information
Requests Policy on the basis that the documents you are requesting do not
exist.

 

Regards,

DPS Information Requests.

 

 

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