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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

I seek access under the FOI Act 1982 to Question Time briefs (however described). This request is limited to Question Time briefs for the 47th Parliament (ie Question Time briefs prepared for 27 – 28 July and 1-4 August).

I also request a copy of the Department’s current index of Question Time briefs.

Duplicate copies of the same document are not required, although different or updated versions of a document are. If a document contains tracked changes or comments, it is requested that the document be provided in a form where all tracked changes and comments are visible.

Names and contact details for departmental staff below the SES level are not required and can be treated as irrelevant under s22 of the Act for the purposes of this request.

Yours faithfully,

BE

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

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FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

Dear BE

Freedom of Information Request FOI22/182 - Scope consultation

I refer to your request to the Attorney-General’s Department under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for access to the following
documents:

I seek access under the FOI Act 1982 to Question Time briefs (however
described).  This request is limited to Question Time briefs for the 47th
Parliament (ie Question Time briefs prepared for 27 – 28 July and 1-4
August). 

I also request a copy of the Department’s current index of Question Time
briefs.  

Duplicate copies of the same document are not required, although different
or updated versions of a document are.  If a document contains tracked
changes or comments, it is requested that the document be provided in a
form where all tracked changes and comments are visible.

Names and contact details for departmental staff below the SES level are
not required and can be treated as irrelevant under s22 of the Act for the
purposes of this request.

We have considered your request and have interpreted it to be for:

 1. Question Time Briefs prepared by the Attorney-General’s Department
(the department) for the Attorney-General’s Office (the Office),
excluding portfolio agencies, for sitting days 27 July to 4 August
2022.

Cleared briefs provided by the department to the Office are included
(showing tracked changes from the previous cleared version), but uncleared
working drafts held within the department are not. Duplicates will be
excluded, along with documents which are assessed as functionally
duplicate (for example, where the only update has been to things like
date, formatting or minor editorial/grammatical changes but no substantive
text changes).

 

 2. The department's current QTB index (as at 4 August 2022).

 

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know in writing as soon as possible or by 12 August 2022. If we do not
hear from you, we will assume you accept our interpretation of the scope
of your request. Please note that in interpreting this scope,
consideration has been given the ability of the department to effectively
process the request. Broadening the scope may impact the department’s
ability to practically process the request.   

 

If you have any queries or wish to discuss, please contact me on 02 6141
6666 or at [1][AGD request email]

 

Kind regards

 

Dana

FOI and Privacy Section

Enabling Services Group

Attorney-General’s Department 

T: 02 6141 6666 E: [AGD request email]

 

 

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

FOI22/182

Thanks for the email, no issues with your proposed approach to scope.

Yours sincerely,

BE

FOI Requests, Attorney-General's Department

OFFICIAL

 

Dear BE

 

Thank you for your email of 10 August 2022 confirming the scope of your
request.

I am writing to acknowledge your request, and to seek your agreement to
extend the processing period for your request. Further information about
this, including my reasons for requesting an extension from you, has been
set out below for your consideration and response. 

Acknowledgement of your Request

Your request is for:

 

1. Question Time Briefs prepared by the Attorney-General’s Department 
(the department) for the Attorney-General’s Office (the Office), 
excluding portfolio agencies, for sitting days 27 July to 4 August  2022.

 

Cleared briefs provided by the department to the Office are included 
(showing tracked changes from the previous cleared version), but
uncleared  working drafts held within the department are not. Duplicates
will be  excluded, along with documents which are assessed as
functionally  duplicate (for example, where the only update has been to
things like  date, formatting or minor editorial/grammatical changes but
no substantive  text changes).

 

2. The department's current QTB index (as at 4 August 2022).

If you disagree with this interpretation of your request, please let me
know in writing as soon as possible.

The department received your request on 4 August 2022 and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after
that date.

The department's practice is to not disclose personal information of staff
of the department and other government authorities, where that information
is not publicly known or routinely disclosed (e.g. names of junior
officers and contact information). The names of senior officers will
generally be disclosed. In addition, duplicates and incomplete email
chains within the scope of the FOI request will be excluded.

Please note that, with some exceptions (such as personal information),
documents released under the FOI Act may later be published online on the
department's disclosure log
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Extension of Time Request

Under s 15AA of the FOI Act, an agency may extend the initial processing
period for dealing with a request by a further period of no more than 30
days if the applicant agrees in writing to the extension and the agency
gives written notice of the extension to the Information Commissioner as
soon as practicable after the agreement is made.

I would like to request your agreement to extend the processing period for
your request by 30 days. I am requesting this extension of time from you
to ensure the department has sufficient time to process and finalise your
request in accordance with the FOI Act. As your request will encompass
many documents, a substantial amount of consultation will be required,
along with additional administrative processing time, to progress this
request. While we will endeavour to provide you with the decision as soon
as possible, we would be grateful for the extension of the due date for
your request.

If you agree to the requested extension of 30 days, please let me know in
writing at your earliest convenience.

The department received your request on 4 August 2022 and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request is currently 5 September
2022. If you agree to the requested extension, the new due date will be 4
October 2022. However, the department will make every effort to provide a
decision to you as soon as possible.

Please note that if you agree to the extension, the department is required
to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, including
your name and contact details.

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone on (02) 6141
6666 or by email to [AGD request email].

Kind regards

 

Dana (she/her)
Assistant Director, FOI and Privacy Section

Enabling Services Group

Attorney-General’s Department 

T: 02 6141 6666 E: [AGD request email]

 

 

 

OFFICIAL

The Attorney-General’s Department may collect your personal information
where it is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, our
functions, including those under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) and the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect your name, email address and
telephone number so that we can contact you about your request or privacy
complaint. If your request concerns accessing or correcting your personal
information, we will collect the minimum amount of evidence necessary to
verify your identity. We hold personal information in accordance with the
Privacy Act and our privacy policy. If you have an enquiry or complaint
about your privacy, please contact the Privacy Officer on 02 6141 6666 or
via e-mail [email address]. 
If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by
return email and delete all copies. If this email or any attachments have
been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any
confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the
email or attachments.

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