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Dear Australian Public Service Commission,

This email is a request in writing for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. You may send notices and documents to me at the email address associated with this request.

I refer to an article published in the Australian. The article was published on 10 February 2022. The article was authored by Kylar Loussikian and Jill Rowbotham. The title of the article is “Top judge warned of registrar overhaul”.

The article is about the reclassification of a Senior Executive Service position by Mr Soden and Ms Lagos, the former and current Chief Executives of the Federal Court respectively, to avoid what Mr Soden claimed was the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s representative’s veto on a decision to promote a registrar to the Senior Executive Service position.

In that article, Justice Greenwood of the Federal Court states that “[the registrar] was ultimately appointed to the role at the (lower level) configured in a way as determined by Mr Soden and Ms Lagos, no doubt in discussion with the APSC.”

Please provide access to a) any and all documents that show that it is permissible to reclassify roles that have been classified at the Senior Executive Band 1 classification to avoid the veto of the representative of the Australian Public Service Commissioner, and b) any and all internal documents setting out the processes by which the Australian Public Service Commissioner would undertake "own motion" investigations of contraventions of the Code of Conduct, set out in section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999, by Agency Heads, Statutory Officeholders and SES employees, and c) any and all documents setting out the factors that the Australian Public Service Commissioner would consider to undertake any "own motion" investigations, should he have such a power, of contraventions of the Code of Conduct by Agency Heads, Statutory Officeholders and SES employee.

Yours faithfully,

Michael V

FOI, Australian Public Service Commission

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OFFICIAL

Dear Applicant

 

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) is writing to acknowledge
receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act).

 

The timeframe for responding to your request is 30 days from the date of
receipt. This timeframe may be extended in certain circumstances. You will
be notified if these circumstances arise and the timeframe is extended.

 

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FOI OFFICER

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OFFICIAL

Dear Applicant

 

Please find a decision notice and Documents [1] – [24] attached.

 

Regards

 

FOI OFFICER

Legal Services

 

Australian Public Service Commission

Level 4, B Block, Treasury Building, Parkes Place West, PARKES ACT 2600
GPO Box 3176 CANBERRA ACT 2601

 

t: 02 6202 3500  w: [1]www.apsc.gov.au        

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delete it (including any copies) and notify the sender. Please consult
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From: FOI <[email address]>
Sent: Tuesday, 15 February 2022 5:21 PM
To: Michael V <[FOI #8436 email]>
Cc: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Acknowledgment SHC22-1396 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

Dear Applicant

 

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) is writing to acknowledge
receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act).

 

The timeframe for responding to your request is 30 days from the date of
receipt. This timeframe may be extended in certain circumstances. You will
be notified if these circumstances arise and the timeframe is extended.

 

Regards

 

FOI OFFICER

Legal Services

 

Australian Public Service Commission

Level 4, B Block, Treasury Building, Parkes Place West, PARKES ACT 2600
GPO Box 3176 CANBERRA ACT 2601

 

t: 02 6202 3500  w: [5]www.apsc.gov.au        

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This email and any attachments may contain confidential or legally
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been sent in error. If you have received this email in error, please
delete it (including any copies) and notify the sender. Please consult
with APSC Legal Services before using disclosing any part of this email or
attachments to a third party.

 

 

 

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