Rapid Antigen Tests
Buko made this Freedom of Information request to ACT Community Services Directorate
Dear ACT Community Services Directorate,
I request Documents including but not limited to emails, text messages or briefs with information about the supply of RATs to ACT Ministers or their offices by the ACT Community Services Directorate in the months December 2021 and January 2022.
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Good afternoon Buko (righttoknow.org)
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Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2016 (FOI Act) – Reference FOI-CSD-22/3 which a clarified
scope was received for on 21 January 2022.
In your application you requested information relating to:
“Documents including but not limited to emails, text messages or briefs to
ACT Ministers or their offices by the ACT Community Services Directorate
in the months December 2021 and January 2022 about the supply of RATs to
those offices or their ministers.”
The Community Services Directorate (the Directorate) is obliged under
section 40 of the FOI Act to provide you with a decision on access to
documents within the terms of your request within 20 working days of
receipt, this being 21 February 2022.
In addition to the impact of COVID-19, the Directorate is experiencing a
high demand of requests within excess of 74 FOI applications ahead of your
Access Application received on 21 January 2022.
As such, under Section 41 of the FOI Act, the Directorate is seeking an
additional 60 working days to process your request. This would extend the
timeframe to 20 May 2022.
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Aaron Briggs | Assistant Director
Freedom Of Information & Legal Coordination Unit
Organisational Governance I Office of the Director-General & Deputy
Community Services Directorate I Level 3, 220 London Circuit Canberra, ACT
2601 I www.act.gov.au <http://www.act.gov.au/>
Good afternoon Buko
Please find attached the Decision Notice and the relevant attachments to
your FOI request (Our Ref: FOI-CSD-22-3 Buko, righttoknow.org, RAT TESTS).
Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you further on this matter.
Alastair Dunstan Assistant Director - FOI|Organisational Government
Corporate Services Division |Community Services Directorate
Level 3, 220 London Circuit, Civic | GPO BOX 158 CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6205 0655
Email: [email address]
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