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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

I wish to obtain access to official information held by the Department of Veterans' Affairs under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The official information sought is not available in discrete form, in the written documents of the agency, therefore I request the agency to produce a written document containing the information in discrete form by use of computer to retrieve and collate the stored official information sought.

I request access to such a compiled document that provides the following information in the layout requested:

From a FOI decision here on Right to Know it appears the Information Law section of the Department of Veterans' Affairs is made up of 9 positions, being an EL2 (position number 62209913), two EL1 (position numbers 62210326 & 62210022), two APS6 (position numbers 62210358 & 62214719), an APS5 (position number 62214547), an APS4 (position number 62210105), an APS 3 (position number 62214718), and a contractor (position number 62212962). It is possible there have been slight changes to the position establishment of Information Law since, but this is likely to still be current.

In either case, for all positions within the Information Law section that were filled during the period March to July inclusive, for 2020 and 2019, using the official records of duty (that is, staff member was recorded as on duty, and was not on personal leave or sick leave, in the Department's human management / pay systems), provide the cumulative number of available staff days for the periods of scope:

Table...................March 2020 - July 2020..................March 2019 - July 2019
Available
Unavailable

Again, as stated, an available staff day is count of each work day (so excludes weekends and public holidays) each filled position was available for duty (not on personal leave or sick leave). For example, on one work day there are three filled positions and all three are available for work, then the count for the day would be three (and if there were three filled position but only two were available for work and one was on sick leave for that day, the count for the day would be 2 available, 1 unavailable), and so on. Flexi-time is ignored, as it is merely a transfer of days worked.

Sincerely,

Julie

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Dear Julie

 

Acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information (FOI) Request – FOI 38006

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act).

 

Your request was received by the Department on 3 September 2020 and was
made in the following terms:

 

“…I wish to obtain access to official information held by the Department
of Veterans' Affairs under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The
official information sought is not available in discrete form, in the
written documents of the agency, therefore I request the agency to produce
a written document containing the information in discrete form by use of
computer to retrieve and collate the stored official information sought.

 

I request access to such a compiled document that provides the following
information in the layout requested:

 

From a FOI decision here on Right to Know it appears the Information Law
section of the Department of Veterans' Affairs is made up of 9 positions,
being an EL2 (position number 62209913), two EL1 (position numbers
62210326 & 62210022), two APS6 (position numbers 62210358 & 62214719), an
APS5 (position number 62214547), an APS4 (position number 62210105), an
APS 3 (position number 62214718), and a contractor (position number
62212962). It is possible there have been slight changes to the position
establishment of Information Law since, but this is likely to still be
current.

 

In either case, for all positions within the Information Law section that
were filled during the period March to July inclusive, for 2020 and 2019,
using the official records of duty (that is, staff member was recorded as
on duty, and was not on personal leave or sick leave, in the Department's
human management / pay systems), provide the cumulative number of
available staff days for the periods of scope:

 

Table...................March 2020 - July 2020..................March 2019
- July 2019 Available Unavailable

 

Again, as stated, an available staff day is count of each work day (so
excludes weekends and public holidays) each filled position was available
for duty (not on personal leave or sick leave). For example, on one work
day there are three filled positions and all three are available for work,
then the count for the day would be three (and if there were three filled
position but only two were available for work and one was on sick leave
for that day, the count for the day would be 2 available, 1 unavailable),
and so on. Flexi-time is ignored, as it is merely a transfer of days
worked…”

 

The Department has 30 days to finalise your request. The 30 day statutory
timeframe commenced the day after your request was received by the
Department.

 

Ordinarily you should expect a decision from the Department by 5 October
2020. 

 

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request might be extended by an additional 30 days. This can occur where
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contain information of third parties and the Department is of the view
that is practical to consult with the third parties, then the Department
will be afforded an additional 30 days to undertake that consolation
process (see sections 15(6), 26A, 27 and 27A of the FOI Act). The
Department will advise you if a third party consultation process is
required and of the revised due date for your request to be finalised by.

 

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may be suspended. This will usually take place if a practical refusal
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request, the Department will notify you.

 

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The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address which we can send
notices to.  You have advised your electronic address is
[1][FOI #6682 email].  We will send all notices
and correspondence to this address.  Please advise us if you wish
correspondence to be sent to another address or if your address changes. 
If you do not advise us of changes to your address, correspondence and
notices will continue to be sent to the address specified above.

 

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in a disclosure log on the Department’s website at
[2]https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview...
Section 11C of the FOI Act requires this publication, however it is
subject to certain exceptions, including where publication of personal,
business, professional or commercial information would be unreasonable.
When a decision is provided to you, the Department will advise if the
documents released to you will be published on the Department’s FOI
Disclosure log.

 

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have any enquiries concerning this matter, please send an email to
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Further information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the
OAIC at [4]https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor....

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tayla (Position Number 62217695)

Information Access Officer

Information Law Section

Legal Services and Audit Branch

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

T: 1800 555 254 | E: [5][email address]

A: GPO Box 9998, Canberra, ACT, 2601 | W: [6]www.dva.gov.au

 

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