Reporting on the Legal Services Directions

Charles Powers made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Home Affairs

The request was refused by Department of Home Affairs.

From: Charles Powers

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Dear Department of Immigration and Border Protection,

I would like all reports given to the Attorney-General, Attorney-General's Department or Office of Legal Services Coordination regarding compliance with the Legal Services Directions, including but not limited to annual compliance certificates, for the period 1 July 2015 to present.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Powers

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FOI Request:       FA 17/12/00568 

File Number:       ADF2017/134205

Dear Mr Powers

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 14 December 2017 seeking access
to documents held by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
(the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You have requested access to the following:

I would like all reports given to the Attorney-General, Attorney-General's
Department or Office of Legal Services Coordination regarding compliance
with the Legal Services Directions, including but not limited to annual
compliance certificates, for the period 1 July 2015 to present.

Your request was received by the Department on 14 December 2017 and has
been allocated FOI request number FA 17/12/00568  .  Please include your
FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information
Section. 

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Reetu Kakkar

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Attachment Practical Refusal Notice FA171200568.pdf
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UNCLASSIFIED

 

Dear Mr Powers

 

FOI request: FA 17/12/00568

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 14 December 2017 seeking access to
the following:

 

“All reports given to the Attorney-General, Attorney-General's Department
or Office of Legal Services Coordination regarding compliance with the
Legal Services Directions, including but not limited to annual compliance
certificates, for the period 1 July 2015 to present.”

 

This email is to advise you of my intention to refuse access to the
documents sought by you under section 24AA of the FOI Act.  Please find
attached the notice of intent to refuse access letter for further
information.

 

The FOI Act provides you with 14 days to respond, in writing, to this
notice, which is close of business Wednesday, 17 January 2018.

 

Kind Regards

Reetu Kakkar

FOI Officer

Freedom of Information, Privacy and Records Management Branch | Corporate
Support Division

Corporate Group
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
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Charles Powers left an annotation ()

The main part of the s 24AB notice reads as follows:

It is the Department’s view that where it appears that a request under the Act for access to documents is likely to take more than 40 hours to complete, the request should be assessed under s.24AA(1) of the Act to determine if a practical refusal reason exists in relation to the request. This balances the rights of applicants to seek information under the Act with the Departments need to appropriately allocate resources to its functions.

The Department has identified 67 documents in total that fall within the scope of your request which have been roughly estimated to contain at least 1000 folios that would need to be assessed in order to make decision on this request. In calculating the processing time at approximately five minutes per page, which includes ensuring all documentation has been sourced, compiling a schedule of documents and assessing and applying redactions, I estimate that it would take in excess of 83 hours to process this request.

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Dear Mr Powers,

 

Freedom of Information Request FA17/12/00568

I refer to your email dated 14 December 2017 in which you requested access
to documents held by Department of Home Affairs under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You specifically requested access to:

'I would like all reports given to the Attorney-General,
Attorney-General's Department or Office of Legal Services Coordination
regarding compliance with the Legal Services Directions, including but not
limited to annual compliance certificates, for the period 1 July 2015 to
present.'

On 3 January 2018, Department notified you of its intention to refuse your
request on the basis that the work involved in processing your request in
its current form would substantially and unreasonably divert the resources
of Department from its other operations due to its broad nature, size and
complexity. 

In particular, Department notified you that, within 14 days of receipt of
that letter, you must advise Department that:

·         you wish to make a revised request; or

·         indicate that you do not wish to revise your request; or

·         withdraw your request.

The 14 day period has now expired.  As such, in accordance with section
24AB(7) of the FOI Act, Department considers that your request has been
withdrawn.

If you have any enquiries concerning this matter, please do not hesitate
to contact an FOI officer at [1][email address].

 

Kind Regards

FOI Officer

Freedom of Information, Privacy and Records Management Branch | Corporate
Support Division

Corporate Group
Department of Home Affairs

E: [2][email address]

 

 

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