Sexual abuse/harassment claims in the AFP

Jane Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Federal Police

The request was successful.

From: Jane Smith

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Dear Australian Federal Police,

I am seeking information about claims of sexual abuse and/or harassment in the AFP.

For each of the last 5 financial years I request the following:

- The number of sexual abuse claims finalised by the AFP.

- The number of claims finalised that were found to be in favour of the victim.

- The total amount paid out by the AFP to these victims, and

- The number of AFP personnel who, as perpetrators of sexual abuse, were disciplined
or given an option of resigning.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Smith

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Dear Ms Smith,

               

YOUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

I refer to your application dated 25 August 2020 in which you seek access
to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as
follows:

 

Jane Smith (Right to Know)

Requesting:  Information about claims of sexual abuse and/or harassment in
the AFP. 

 

For each of the last 5 financial years I request the following:

 

- The number of sexual abuse claims finalised by the AFP.

- The number of claims finalised that were found to be in favour of the
victim.

- The total amount paid out by the AFP to these victims, and

- The number of AFP personnel who, as perpetrators of sexual abuse, were
disciplined or given an option of resigning.

 

Timeframe

 

Your request was received by this agency on 25 August 2020 and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from that date. The
due date for your request is 24 September 2020.

 

As the AFP focuses its efforts on managing the impact of COVID-19 on its
critical, our ability to process requests for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) may be affected or not delivered
within expected timeframes. We apologise for the inconvenience and
appreciate your patience during this period. Should this occur we will
contact you as soon as practicable, and seek to extend processing
timeframes in accordance with the FOI Act.

 

Information considered irrelevant to the scope of your request

 

The AFP, in its management of FOI requests, excludes the following
information on the basis that is irrelevant to the scope of a request:

 

-              Names of AFP members, other than the Senior Executive.

-              Direct telephone numbers, signatures and mobile telephone
numbers of AFP members.

-              Duplicate documents, including duplicate emails.  The AFP
will only provide emails where they form a final email chain and the
authors/recipients are contained within the final email. 

-              Information that is publicly available, for example,
newspaper articles, online publications including information available on
the AFP Information Publication Scheme and the AFP disclosure log.

 

If you object to the AFP excluding any of the above information, please
advise this office within seven days of receipt of this email/letter.

 

Information Publication Scheme

 

Please be advised that effective 1 May 2011 and in accordance with section
8(2) of the Act, an agency is required to publish information on the AFP
website following the notification of a decision in respect of a freedom
of information request.  Details of the decision will be published in a
Disclosure Log which can be found at
https://www.afp.gov.au/about-us/informat....

 

The requirement to publish information released under FOI reinforces the
objectives of the FOI Act to promote a pro-disclosure culture across
government and to increase recognition that information held by government
is a national resource.  Exceptions to the requirement to publish
information would apply to personal information and information concerning
the business affairs of a person if it was considered ‘unreasonable’ to do
so. 

 

If, however, after noting the above, you wish to raise any concerns about
the publication of information concerning your request prior to the
notification of a decision, please advise this office in writing before 24
September 2020.

 

Regards,

 

Robyn (AFP 23141)
FOI Officer
Chief Counsel

Tel (02) 5126 9366 ext 26 7095

[1]www.afp.gov.au
[2]Australian Federal Police

 

 

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From: Jane Smith

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Dear FOI,

I do not object to any of the exclusions.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Smith

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Dear Jane Smith

 

I refer to your request seeking information claims of sexual abuse and/or
harassment in the AFP.

 

At point two of your request, you sought “the number of claims finalised
that were found to be in favour of the victim”.  I would be grateful if
you would advise if you are referring to payments as a result of court
outcomes or discretionary payments?

 

Regards,

 

JACQUELINE ELLERY
PRINCIPAL FOI OFFICER/TEAM LEADER, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL

[1]www.afp.gov.au
[2]Australian Federal Police

 

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From: Jane Smith

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Dear Ellery, Jacqueline,

It would be great if both could be provided and differentiated between, otherwise I would prefer payments as a result of court outcomes.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Smith

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OFFICIAL

Dear Ms Smith,

               

Your Freedom of Information Request CRM 2021/131

 

I refer to your application dated 25 August 2020 in which you seek access
to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act).

 

Upon consideration of your request, the AFP is of the view that your
request will take longer than 30 days to process.  The delay is
regrettable, however, due to a requirement to undertake further enquiries
with the line areas to ensure all relevant information is located it will
not be possible to advise you of a decision by 24 September 2020.

 

Accordingly, pursuant to section 15AA of the Act, I seek your agreement to
extend the period by 30 days to notify you of a decision to 24 October
2020.

 

I would be grateful if you would advise this office in writing of your
agreement to the proposed extension of time. 

 

If you have any queries in relation to this matter, please do not hesitate
to contact this office.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Amanda

 

 

AMANDA (AFP13907)
FOI OFFICER
CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL
[1]www.afp.gov.au
[2]Australian Federal Police

 

 

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From: Jane Smith

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Dear Amanda,

I am writing to state my agreement to the proposed extension of time.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Smith

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OFFICIAL
Good morning Ms Smith,

Thank you for your agreement to the extension.

Kind regards,

Amanda

AMANDA (AFP13907)
FOI OFFICER
CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

www.afp.gov.au

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OFFICIAL

Dear Ms Smith

 

Your Freedom of Information Request – Decision

 

Please see attached the AFP’s decision regarding your recent request under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth).

 

Thank you

 

Kind Regards

 

Bella (AFP23358)
FOI OFFICER - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO

[1]www.afp.gov.au
[2]Australian Federal Police

 

 

 

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