Request for mobile communications via mobile applications
Ben Fairless made this Freedom of Information request to Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology
Dear Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology,
Can you please provide a copy of all inbound and outbound chats in the 7 days prior to this request that was sent or received from the minister using any of the below applications:
- Facebook Messneger
- Email Accounts without a .gov.au email address?
Please initially process these requests informally. I understand the AG advised the senate that the communications were "trivial" so I don't anticipate any exemptions being applied. If the request can't be processed informally, please treat it as a formal FOI request.
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Sent request to Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology again, using a new contact address.
Dear Mr Fairless
Thank you for your email.
Under s15(2)(aa) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), a request must state that it is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act.
As you have indicated that the agency should 'initially' process your request informally, your request will not be treated as a freedom of information request at all.
Please also note that pursuant to s15(2A)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), if a freedom of information request is to be sent electronically, it must be sent to the electronic address specified by the relevant agency. The electronic email address specified by the Department of Health for receiving freedom of information requests is: [email address]. According to the Guidelines issued by the Australian Information Commissioner under s93Aof the FOI Act, the requirement in s15(2A)(c) will not be met ‘if the request is sent to an address or number other than a specified address (for example, the email address of an agency staff member)’ (at paragraph 3.48, last dot point). The email address you sent your email to is not the correct address for the receipt of freedom of information requests.
A departmental officer from the relevant area will respond to your ‘informal request’ in due course. If you are not be satisfied with the response to your informal request, it will be open to you to make a freedom of information request.
You can find Information on how to make a valid freedom of information request to the Department of Health and how to deliver it by post or email at www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishi...
Ministerial, Parliamentary, Executive Support and Governance Branch
People, Capability and Communication Division
Australian Government Department of Health
PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.
Whilst I disagree with most of your email, the request was made in error. It should have only been made to a ministers office and this was made to a council for some reason.
Please consider this request withdrawn.
Good Morning Mr Fairless,
I can advise that we have no records requesting any Ministers to conduct Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology business on any of the applications listed in your email.
I trust that this information is of assistance.
Gene Technology Secretariat
Department of Health
E: [email address]