SkillSelect Invitation Round August 2022

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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I request to release all the documents in relation to SkillSelect invitation round details held on 22nd August 2022 like correspondence details exchanged between various business areas of skillSelect department.

I request to release the information in line with document released for the FOI request fa-200700958

Yours faithfully,
Tharun Thatikonda

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26 August 2022

Tharun Thatikonda
BY EMAIL: [FOI #9305 email]

In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/08/01326
File Number: OBJ2022/22953

Dear Tharun Thatikonda

I refer to your email dated 24 August 2022, in which you requested access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You have requested access to the following:

I request to release all the documents in relation to SkillSelect invitation round details held on 22nd August 2022 like correspondence details exchanged between various business areas of skillSelect department.
I request to release the information in line with document released for the FOI request fa-200700958.

Intention to refuse request

I am writing to tell you that I intend to refuse your request on the basis that a practical refusal reason exists. However, before I make a final decision to do this, you have an opportunity to revise your request to remove the practical refusal reason. This is called a ‘request consultation process’. You have 14 days to respond to this notice in one of the ways set out below.

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Position number: 60107422
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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear FOI,

FOI Request: FA 22/08/01326
File Number: OBJ2022/22953

I am happy to revise or shorten my request, which is as follows.

Revised request:

I request to release all the documents in relation to SkillSelect invitation round details held on 22nd August 2022 like correspondence details exchanged between various business areas of skillSelect department.

Yours sincerely,
Tharun Thatikonda

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL: Sensitive
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FOI Request: FA 22/08/01326
File Number: OBJ2022/22953

Dear Tharun Thatikonda

Thank you for your email. We will re-commence processing your request, and you will be notified of the outcome.

Kind regards

Jade
Position number: 60107422
Authorised FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy and National Resilience Group
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

Personal-Privacy
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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/08/01326
File Number: OBJ2022/22953

Dear Tharun Thatikonda

I refer to your request received on 24 August 2022 for access to documents under the FOI Act.

The current due date for your request is 26 September 2022.

In order for the Department to complete the process of retrieving all the documents that fall within the scope of your request the Department will require additional time to process your request.

The Department seeks your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act to extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 30 days. This would extend the due date for your request to Sunday 23 October 2022. However, as this date falls on a non-working day, section 36(2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 provides that the latest date the Department may issue a decision would be the next working day, which is Monday 24 October 2022.

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could provide a response to this request by close of business, Monday 19 September 2022

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below.

Kind regards

FOI Officer - Jade
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

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Dear FOI,

FOI Request: FA 22/08/01326
File Number: OBJ2022/22953

I am ok with extension as requested by FOI section of DHA regarding above FOI request.

Yours sincerely,
Tharun Thatikonda