Rephrasing initial submission - Teacher protection to PUBLIC sector employee information
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From: C Harris
Dear Department of Education,
My apologies, the link sent did not bring up an email address, so am sending again.
Rephrasing the initial request.
1. Do you have a document which states the roles and responsibilities of Principals and administrators in Australian schools?
2. Do you have a document which states the individual state requirements / expectations?
3. Do you have documents which specify the rights of public employees in relation to meetings and recordings of?
4. Do you have documentation in regards to communications in the public sector and how they can be utilised/deleted/Right to FOI?
5. Do you have documentation in regards to FOI documentation that has been blacked out? What rights does a person have whose name is included in such communications?
6. Do you have documentation, clearly defined information, noting the policies and procedures of, in particular, the Education body of the government, which stipulates assistance for public sector employees?
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From: Education - FOI
Department of Education
Dear C Harris
We acknowledge receipt of your email dated 19 March 2019. As previously
advised, in order to constitute a valid FOI request, a request must seek
access to identifiable documents rather than asking questions. While we
appreciate that you have rephrased your request, it remains in the form of
a series of questions and is therefore not a valid FOI request.
While your email below does not constitute a valid FOI request, we have
endeavoured to provide answers to your questions outside of the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) in order to assist you.
Your questions 1, 2, 3 and 6
We understand from your emails dated 16 March 2019 and 19 March 2019 that
you are interested in various policy and procedural documents in relation
to teachers, principals and administrators in State and Territory public
schools. In this context, we have interpreted the questions in your email
below to relate to public schools. As previously advised, the department
does not hold documents relating to teachers, principals or school
administrators, as the administration and operation of schools is a state
or territory responsibility. I am advised that the department therefore
does not hold:
· documents which state the roles and responsibilities of
principals and administrators in Australian schools (your question 1)
· documents which state the individual State
requirements/expectations [in relation to principals and administrators]
(your question 2)
· documents which specify the rights of public employees [in
schools] in relation to meetings and recordings [of meetings] (your
· documentation noting the policies and procedures which stipulate
assistance for public sector employees [in public schools] (your question
As previously advised, you may wish to direct your enquiries to the
relevant State and Territory Departments of Education who may hold
documents in relation to your questions.
Your questions 4 and 5
Your question 4 asks whether the department has “documentation in regards
to communications in the public sector and how they can be
utilised/deleted/Right to FOI”. Your question 5 asks if the department
has “documentation in regards to FOI documentation that has been blacked
out? What rights does a person have whose name is included in such
As we have previously advised, extensive information regarding
Commonwealth departmental record keeping requirements, including in
relation to the deletion of documents, is available on the National
Archives of Australia website at www.naa.gov.au.
In response to your question 5, it is unclear exactly what you are asking,
however, as a general comment, the FOI Act allows for the redaction (or
“blacking out”) of material which is exempt or irrelevant to a request.
The FOI Act also sets out a consultation process to be followed where
documents contain information affecting personal privacy (amongst other
If you would like further information in regard to the FOI process, you
may wish to review the various fact sheets, guidelines and frequently
asked questions published on the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner’s website at www.oaic.gov.au.
We hope this information is of assistance to you. As you have not
currently made a valid FOI request, we will not be processing your request
any further. However, if you wish to proceed with an FOI request to the
Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, please provide your
revised request to the following address: [email address]. While
the wording of your request is a matter for you, you may wish to consider
phrasing your request in the form of “Under the Freedom of Information Act
1982, I request access to …” and specify the documents you wish to
If you have any questions in relation to this matter, please send your
query to [email address].
Department of Education and Training