Seeking assessments justifying HOSM for Palladium Group Pty Ltd

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Dear PM&C,

The April 2019 "Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal Guide to Eligible Groups" cites "Palladium Group Pty Ltd" as an eligible organisation for the medal. For the public interest, please provide a copy of the Department's assessments justifying the award to Palladium Group Pty Ltd

Yours faithfully,

Trav S

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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FOI/2020/283

 

Dear Trav S

 

Thank you for your email dated 8 December 2020, received by the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in which you made a
request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act) in the following terms:

 

The April 2019 "Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal Guide to Eligible
Groups" cites "Palladium Group Pty Ltd" as an eligible organisation for
the medal.  For the public interest, please provide a copy of the
Department's assessments justifying the award to Palladium Group Pty Ltd

 

Timeframe for receiving your decision

 

We received your request on 8 December 2020 and the 30 day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.
You should therefore expect a decision from us by Thursday, 7 January
2021. The period of 30 days may be extended in certain circumstances. We
will advise you if there is any extension of time.

 

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Agencies may decide that an applicant is liable to pay a charge in respect
of a request for access to documents. If the Department decides that you
are liable to pay a charge, we will send you a preliminary assessment of
the charge as soon as possible.

 

Publication of documents

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
[1]https://www.pmc.gov.au/government/depart...,
subject to certain exceptions. If you think you might wish to raise any
objections to the publication of any of the information which may be
released to you please contact us by email at [2][DPMC request email].  If you
do wish to object to the publication of information, you would need to
provide supporting reasons.

 

Exclusion of officers’ names and contact details

 

For documents that fall within scope of the request, it is the
Department’s policy to withhold:

·         any person’s signature;

·         the names and contact details of Australian Public Service
officers not in the Senior Executive Service (SES);

·         the mobile or direct numbers of SES officers;

·         the names and contact details of Ministerial staff at a level
below Chief of Staff.

 

The names and other details of SES officers will not be withheld unless
there is some reason for that information to be exempt from release. If
you require signatures, the names and contact details of non-SES officers
or Ministerial staff below the level of Chief of Staff, or the mobile or
direct numbers of SES officers please let us know at [3][DPMC request email] so
the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will take it that you agree
to that information being excluded from the scope of your request (that
is, the information will be treated as irrelevant and redacted from any
documents for release).

 

We will write again when the Department has more information.  Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner
[4]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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[11]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

 

 

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Dear Trav S

 

We refer to your request under Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI
Act) to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the following
terms:

 

The April 2019 "Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal Guide to Eligible
Groups" cites "Palladium Group Pty Ltd" as an eligible organisation for
the medal.  For the public interest, please provide a copy of the
Department's assessments justifying the award to Palladium Group Pty Ltd.

 

The due date for a decision on your FOI request is 7 January 2021.

 

Due to staff leave over the Christmas/New Year period, the Department will
not be able to finalise your request by the current due date.

 

Accordingly, we seek your agreement to an extension of time 1 February
2021, in accordance with section 15AA of the FOI Act.

 

We would appreciate your response by reply to this email.

 

Should you require more information, please contact us.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Is it possible to have the documents by 21 Jan 2020?

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Trav S

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Dear Trav S

 

Thank you for considering our request for an extension of time.

 

We will take your email as agreeing to an extension of time to 21 January
2020.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

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Dear Trav S

 

We wish to correct our advice regarding the agreed extension of time: we
will take your email as agreeing to an extension of time to 21 January
2021 (not 20 January 2020 as specified in our pervious advice).

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

From: FOI
Sent: Wednesday, 6 January 2021 8:51 PM
To: 'Trav S' <[FOI #6964 email]>
Cc: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: RE: PM&C FOI request (ref: FOI/2020/283) - Request for extension
of time [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

OFFICIAL

Dear Trav S

 

Thank you for considering our request for an extension of time.

 

We will take your email as agreeing to an extension of time to 21 January
2020.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [8][DPMC request email] | w. [9]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[14]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

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Dear Trav S

 

Please find attached the decision and documents for release in relation to
your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

One National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

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Dear PM&C,

Please accept our request for an internal review of the FOI request 'Seeking assessments justifying HOSM for Palladium Group Pty Ltd'.

PM&C has previously advised that generally speaking, Government has not recommended commercial organisations for the HOSM on the grounds they are not principally humanitarian organisations in comparison with not-for-profit organisations.

However an exception to that general rule appears to have been made in this case. We ask that you provide us with a copy of the advice and information relied upon in justifying the award of the HOSM to Palladium Group Pty Ltd, a commercial organisation.

From the documents the department released, the assessment's 'Attachment F' does not appear to have been included. Are we able to request a copy of the attachment?

Can we also ask for the release of the information withheld under Section 22, excepting any persons signature; names and contact details of non-SES APS staff or Ministerial staff below Chief of Staff ?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Trav S

FOI, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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FOI/2020/283IR

 

Dear Trav S

 

We write in relation to your email of 24 January 2021 (attached), received
by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department), in
which you made a request for internal review of the Department’s decision,
dated 21 January 2021, in relation to your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) in the following terms:

 

Please accept our request for an internal review of the FOI request
'Seeking assessments justifying HOSM for Palladium Group Pty Ltd'.

 

PM&C has previously advised that generally speaking, Government has not
recommended commercial organisations for the HOSM on the grounds they are
not principally humanitarian organisations in comparison with
not-for-profit organisations.

 

However an exception to that general rule appears to have been made in
this case. We ask that you provide us with a copy of the advice and
information relied upon in justifying the award of the HOSM to Palladium
Group Pty Ltd, a commercial organisation.

 

From the documents the department released, the assessment's 'Attachment
F' does not appear to have been included. Are we able to request a copy of
the attachment?

 

Can we also ask for the release of the information withheld under Section
22, excepting any persons signature; names and contact details of non-SES
APS staff or Ministerial staff below Chief of Staff ?

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/s...

 

Timeframe for receiving your internal review decision

 

We received request for internal review on 24 January 2021 and the 30-day
statutory period for internal review commenced from the day after that
date. You should therefore expect the internal review decision from us by
23 February 2021.

 

Publication of documents

 

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log at
[2]https://www.pmc.gov.au/government/depart...,
subject to certain exceptions. If you think you might wish to raise any
objections to the publication of any of the information which may be
released to you please contact us by email at [3][DPMC request email]. If you do
wish to object to the publication of information, you would need to
provide supporting reasons.

 

Exclusion of officers’ names and contact details

 

For documents that fall within scope of the request, it is the
Department’s policy to withhold:

o any person’s signature;
o the names and contact details of Australian Public Service officers
not in the Senior Executive Service (SES);
o the mobile or direct numbers of SES officers;
o the names and contact details of Ministerial staff at a level below
Chief of Staff.

 

The names and other details of SES officers will not be withheld unless
there is some reason for that information to be exempt from release. If
you require signatures, the names and contact details of non-SES officers
or Ministerial staff below the level of Chief of Staff, or the mobile or
direct numbers of SES officers please let us know at [4][DPMC request email] so
the decision-maker may consider; otherwise we will take it that you agree
to that information being excluded from the scope of your request (that
is, the information will be treated as irrelevant and redacted from any
documents for release).

 

We will write again when the Department has more information. Further
information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the Office of
the Australian Information Commissioner
[5]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Adviser

FOI and Privacy Section| Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Dear Trav S

 

Please find attached the decision in relation to your internal review
request to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and Privacy Section | Legal Policy Branch

Government Division | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

p. (02) 6271 5849

e. [1][DPMC request email] | w. [2]www.pmc.gov.au

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[7]Title: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present. -
Description: Reconcilation branding and acknowledgment: The Department
acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia
and their continuing connections to the land, waters and community. We pay
respect to their Cultures, Country and Elders both past and present.

 

 

 

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