s 17 FOI Act compilation of all Departmental SES & Statutory level employees

Julie made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Veterans' Affairs

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From: Julie

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For the Department of Veterans' Affairs FOI officer,

I seek the following document to be created under s 17 of the Freedom of Information Act from the digital data held by the Department of Veterans‘ Affairs in its intranet, human resource information system and records management system (as is reasonably necessary), to provide the following for each Senior Executive Service employee of the Department (as at today, or nearest date):

A table which provides the following information, for each SES employee:

1) Position Number
2) First Name
3) Last Name
4) Position Title
5) Departmental Branch position exists in
6) Salary Band $ (not actual salary but the salary band as per the current agreement/determination)
7) The DVA Tier One and/or Tier Two Committee Memberships the SES employee has (see page 92 of the DVA Annual Report for 2017-2018 for overview)
8) Who SES Member Directly Reports To
9) Number of Direct Reports to SES Member

The statutory due date for acknowledgment is Monday 24 December 2018

The statutory due date for decision is Monday 7 January 2019

As per the Department’s 2017-18 Annual Report, as at 30 June 2018, there were 22 SES1 employees, 7 SES2 employees, and 1 SES3 employee, along with 5 statutory appointments.

It is unlikely that number has changed substantively, meaning a table with only 35 rows will be required to be produced.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has, on being granted extensions of time previously by either myself or the Information Commissioner, has subsequently and repeatedly gone on to then fail to produce any decisions (many now exceeding many months), even after being granted further extension. You should note this, as you have damaged your standing for future extensions as a result, given the repeated bad faith shown.

There is a public interest in identifying the senior executive resource allocation for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, especially given the Department has a 1:53 ratio (1:52.857) for SES to EL&APS grade staff, which is a more top heavy ratio than other Departments (especially when the Department of Veterans‘ Affairs has a ratio that for every three ordinary APS employees, there is an Executive or Senior Executive or Statutory employee), to better understand what this comparatively large number of Senior Executive and Statutory appointments do, and why the Department is less employee resource efficient than other Departments.

Sincerely,

Julie

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Dear Julie,

 

Acknowledgement of FOI Request – FOI 25965

 

I refer to your request to access information held by our Department under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).  The Department received
your request on 8 December 2018. In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of
the FOI Act, the Department has 30 days to process your request. As such,
a decision on your request is due by 7 January 2019.

 

If you have any questions about your FOI matter, please contact us using
the following details:

 

Post: Legal Services & Assurance, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

Facsimile: (02) 6289 6337

Email: [1][email address]

 

In all communications please quote reference FOI 25965.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Information Law Team

 

 

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998 Canberra ACT 2601

E: [2][email address]

 

 

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Good evening Julie,

 

FOI 25965 - Decision and Statement of Reasons

 

Further to your FOI request below, please now find attached a decision and
document in response to your request.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Information Law Section | Legal Services & Assurance Branch

Legal Assurance and Governance Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
E: [1][email address] | W: [2]www.dva.gov.au

 

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From: INFORMATION.LAW
Sent: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 2:40 PM
To: '[FOI #5148 email]'
<[FOI #5148 email]>
Cc: INFORMATION.LAW <[email address]>
Subject: FOI 25965 - Acknowledgement of FOI Request
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Dear Julie,

 

Acknowledgement of FOI Request – FOI 25965

 

I refer to your request to access information held by our Department under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).  The Department received
your request on 8 December 2018. In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of
the FOI Act, the Department has 30 days to process your request. As such,
a decision on your request is due by 7 January 2019.

 

If you have any questions about your FOI matter, please contact us using
the following details:

 

Post: Legal Services & Assurance, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998, Canberra ACT 2601

Facsimile: (02) 6289 6337

Email: [4][email address]

 

In all communications please quote reference FOI 25965.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Information Law Team

 

 

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 9998 Canberra ACT 2601

E: [5][email address]

 

 

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