Dear Office of the Australian Information Commissioner,
For the purposes of the FOI Act, I seek copy of all records of third party consultation alleged to have been undertaken in FOIREQ20/00220.
Our reference: FOIREQ21/00001
Freedom of Information request
I refer to your request for access to documents made under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (the FOI Act) and received by the Office of the
Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) on 25 December 2020.
Scope of your request
In your email you seek access to the following:
“…copy of all records of third party consultation alleged to have been
undertaken in FOIREQ20/00220.”
Timeframes for dealing with your request
Section 15 of the FOI Act requires this office to process your request no
later than 30 days after the day we receive it. However, section 15(6) of
the FOI Act allows us a further 30 days in situations where we need to
consult with third parties about certain information, such as business
documents or documents affecting their personal privacy. We will notify
you separately if we need to consult a third party.
As we received your request on 25 December 2020, we must process your
request by 25 January 2021.
Clarification of scope
Could you please confirm whether or not you seek access to third party
contact details (email address and phone number)?
I would be grateful if you could please clarify the scope of your request
by Thursday 14 January 2021.
Documents released under the FOI Act may be published online on our
disclosure log, unless they contain personal or business information that
would be unreasonable to publish.
If you would like to discuss this matter, please contact me on my contact
details set out below.
Joseph Gouvatsos | Lawyer
[IMG] Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001 | oaic.gov.au
02 8231 4259 | [email address]
In response to your question "Could you please confirm whether or not you seek access to third party contact details (email address and phone number)?", the answer is:
* I do not seek phone numbers and they may be redacted under section 22 as irrelevant; and
* I do not seek the beginning of email addresses (anything before the @ - typically the name of an individual in part or in full or some abbreviation thereof) - the latter part of email addresses (the domain name) may be relevant to identifying if a party is a third party or an internal party so is in scope.