Scoping studies on HASS research infrastructure

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Dear Department of Education,

As part of the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, funding was committed for a scoping study of potential research infrastructure for HASS and Indigenous research platforms (https://www.dese.gov.au/national-researc...).

Three reports were commissioned as part of this scoping study, and recommendations drawn from these reports were included in the 2020 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan (https://www.dese.gov.au/2020-research-in...).

I request that the three reports commissioned for the HASS and Indigenous research platforms scoping study be made publicly available, along with any recommendations and associated briefing notes derived from the scoping study.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Sherratt

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Tim

 

I refer to your request, received by the Department of Education, Skills
and Employment (department) on 8 November 2021, for access under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to the following:

 

As part of the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, funding was
committed for a scoping study of potential research infrastructure for
HASS and Indigenous research platforms
([1]https://www.dese.gov.au/national-researc...).

 

Three reports were commissioned as part of this scoping study, and
recommendations drawn from these reports were included in the 2020
Research Infrastructure Investment Plan
([2]https://www.dese.gov.au/2020-research-in...).

 

I request that the three reports commissioned for the HASS and Indigenous
research platforms scoping study be made publicly available, along with
any recommendations and associated briefing notes derived from the scoping
study.

 

Your request was received by the department on 8 November 2021 and the 30
day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day
after that date. The period of 30 days may be extended if we need to
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Dear Tim

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your freedom of
information request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

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Dear DESE - FOI,

Thanks for your email seeking clarification of my FOI request.

To keep things simple at this point I agree to limiting my request, as you suggest, to only 'the final three reports commissioned as part of the scoping study of potential research infrastructure for HASS and Indigenous research platforms'. I withdraw the second part of my request for related recommendations and briefing notes.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Sherratt

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Dear Tim

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your freedom of
information request. Please also find attached document referred to in the
correspondence.

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

 

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Dear DESE - FOI,

Thanks very much for your reply. I would like to proceed with the request and agree to pay the charge. I am submitting payment details for the full amount ($135.00) via a separate email.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Sherratt

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Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

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Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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Dear Department of Education,

Thanks for the update (copied below). I agree to a 14 day extension of time (to 24 January 2022).

Yours faithfully,

Tim Sherratt

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On Mon, Dec 13, 2021, at 10:27 AM, DESE - FOI wrote:

OFFICIAL
Dear Tim

Thank you for your payment of the processing charges for your FOI request. We will send you a receipt for your payment as soon as this is available.

In accordance with the FOI Act, the decision on your FOI request is currently due on 10 January 2022. The department shuts down from 24 December 2021 until 4 January 2022 and is unable to process FOI requests during this time. The department’s resources are also impacted over the end of year period due to staff leave and a number of competing priorities. Further, as advised in the charge notice issued to you on 6 December 2021, consultation with third parties is required to process your request. It may be difficult to consult with these parties during this end of year period as their resources and availability may be limited.

Accordingly, we are seeking your agreement to a 14 day extension of time (to 24 January 2022) to process your request in accordance with section 15AA of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act). However, we will endeavour to provide you with a decision on your request as soon as possible within the extended timeframe.

If you agree to an extension of time, we will notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of the extension in accordance with section 15AA(b) of the FOI Act and will provide your contact details to the OAIC. If you do not agree to the extension of time, we will seek an extension directly from the OAIC in accordance with section 15AB of the FOI Act.

We would appreciate your response to this request by Wednesday, 15 December 2021. If we have not heard from you by this date, we will proceed with approaching OAIC for an extension.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via [email address] if you have any questions or would like to discuss the above.

Kind regards,

Alison
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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Regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

 

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OFFICIAL
Dear Tim

Thank you for your email and for agreeing to the extension. As flagged in our email below, we will notify OAIC about the extension and your contact details.

Kind regards,
Alison

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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Dear Mr Sherratt

 

Please find attached a decision in relation to your freedom of information
request and one document which I release to you in accordance with my
decision.

 

Kind regards,

Alison

 

Freedom of Information Team

Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

[1]www.dese.gov.au

 

 

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