Statistical data on NBN FOI teams

Timothy Nothdurft made this Freedom of Information request to NBN Co Limited

The request was refused by NBN Co Limited.

From: Timothy Nothdurft


Dear NBN Co Limited,
I am requesting for any statistical documentation or reports relating to

- Number of FOI requests received – breakdown by year
- Number of approved FOI requests and approving officer – breakdown by year
- Number of declined FOI requests and declining officer and the clause for declining the request– breakdown by year
ie Number of FOI declined due to Commercial in confidence
Number of FOI declined based of cyber security or other threats
- Staff turnover and numbers that are responsible for FOI requests
- Revenue generated from FOI requests (both declined and approved)

Yours faithfully,

Timothy Nothdurft

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From: David Mesman
NBN Co Limited

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Mr Nothdurft – Please find attached a letter requesting clarification
regarding your FOI request – and providing you with background and
information as to where you may find FOI data on a publicly accessible
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David J Mesman

General Counsel │FOI, Privacy & Knowledge Management

Corporate Advisory and Systems Engineering & Operations Legal Team

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Level 11, 100 Arthur Street, North Sydney NSW 2060



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From: Timothy Nothdurft


Dear David Mesman,

Thankyou for your response, the objectives and motives of NBNco in regards to FOI are fairly clear at this point. Obviously any request that poses even slight risk of causing damage to NBN reputation, ability to sell, or put the key stakeholders in bad light will be withheld on commercial or security "excuses" without any risk management.

To date NBNco have failed to demonstrate BASIC ability to release information efficiently under FOI, including release of basic Metadata (page numbers, versions, dates, etc) or highly redacted versions of documents that would allow for NBN decisions to be properly scrutinised and assessed without damaging NBNco ability to deliver it's goals. I believe this information could be used to increase the value of NBN and allow better decision making and accountability moving forward. It is disappointing that NBNco fail to see this advantage.

It is also very clear on your position within the organisation.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Nothdurft

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