Regional incubator facilitator disclosures of interests

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Dear Department of Industry, Innovation and Science,

I'm seeking all regional incubator facilitator (RIF) disclosures and relevant decisions in entrepreneur programme committee (EPC) meetings and the ad-hoc minute approved by the incubator support initiative manager on 20/6/18.

I'm happy to leave out the names of applicants, committee, other third parties, RIFs and staff so that no one is identified, however, please maintain legible the nature of the interests, decisions and reasons.

With regard to any objections and public interest, please refer to these as shared by Ellie:

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Brad Twynham Consulting - https://bradtwynham.com/consulting/
Bega Valley Innovation Hub - https://www.facebook.com/events/25528316...
Muru D, The Hatchery, FactorC, Australian Finance Direct, Savvi Australia, Neuromersive -https://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.brad.twynham

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We Are Arising - https://wearearising.org/andrew-outhwaite/
Startup WA - page 3 in https://wearearising.org/wp-content/uplo...
Core Hub and other Startup WA affiliates - https://www.startupwa.org/affiliate
Spacecubed / Plus Eight incubator - https://blog.spacecubed.com/for-entrepre...
X-Lab Ventures (Blue-X) - https://www.apollo.io/companies/X-Lab-Ve...

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Tminus Accelerator - https://twitter.com/tminusaus
Masschallenge - https://kmtpartners.com.au/blog/ahead-ga...

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Business in Bare Feet - https://www.businessinbarefeet.com/
AgFrontier - https://agfrontier.com.au/team/
Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast - https://web.archive.org/web/201903090047...
SmartHub / Startup Stars / Rockhampton Regional Council – https://zoopps.com/media/190716871910718...

Yours faithfully,

Allan Phu

Perlitz, Petra, Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources

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Dear Allan

 

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department)
has received your Freedom of Information request of 6 December 2020
(attached).

 

This correspondence is to acknowledge receipt of your request. Currently a
decision is due to you by 5 January 2020. However, this timeline may be
effected by the requirement to undertake consultation with affected third
parties or if the department determines you are liable to pay a charge in
relation to your request. You will be notified by the department if
charges are liable or if third party consultation is required.

 

Personal information

 

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·       the names, signatures and contact details of junior staff; That
is:

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and

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GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

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Dear Allan

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information request received on 6 December 2020.  

 

Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please contact the
FOI team.

 

Regards

 

FOI Team

Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch | Corporate Division

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

 

 

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Dear Sasha,

Thank you for allowing a re-take and I'll try to address your suggestions.

-- Consider confining your request to a specific timeframe --
Only RIF disclosures in EPC meetings held from Apr 2018 to Feb 2020 (there should only be 8 meetings with RIF disclosures within that time period) and the ad-hoc minute specified in my request.

-- Identify the program relevant to the scope of your request --
Only the incubator support initiative "new and existing incubator" grant applications

-- Clarify what kind of decisions made by EPC are relevant to your scope of request --
Only the decisions made by the committee or by department staff about declared RIF interests (approved/not approved or material/not material as the case may be with reasoning if available)

Yours faithfully,

Allan Phu

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Dear Allan

 

I refer to your correspondence of 23 December 2020 (attached).

 

Your revised scope has been forwarded to the line area for consideration.
I anticipate I will have more information for you by the end of this week.

 

Optional:

Please be advised the FOI team is currently experiencing a high volume of
requests and is presently operating with limited resources. Your patience
during this time is appreciated.

 

In accordance with section 24AB(5) of the FOI Act, with your agreement the
consultation period is extended until such time that both parties have
reach an agreement on the revised scope.

 

FOI Team

Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch | Corporate Division

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

 

 

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Dear Allan

 

I refer to your email of 23 December 2020 in which you submitted a revised
scope as follows:

 

‘…all regional incubator facilitator (RIF) disclosures [NEI grant
applications] and relevant decisions in entrepreneur programme committee
(EPC) meetings [from April 2018 to February 2020] and the ad-hoc minute
approved by the incubator support initiative manager on 20/6/18.”

 

I confirm your revised scope is acceptable to process. Currently, an FOI
decision is due to you on or before 17 January 2021. However, this
timeframe may be affected by the requirement to undertake consultation
with effected third parties and if the agency determines you are liable to
pay a charge in relation to your request.

 

You will be notified by the department if charges are liable or if third
party consultation is required.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI Team.

 

FOI Team

Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch | Corporate Division

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

GPO Box 2013, Canberra ACT 2601

 

 

Legal In Confidence - This transmission is intended only for the use of
the addressee and may contain confidential or legally privileged
information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that
any use or dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If
you have received this transmission in error, please notify me immediately
by telephone and delete copies of this transmission together with any
attachments.

 

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