Superannuation salary of employees posted overseas

Edward Kerrigan made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Waiting for an internal review by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of their handling of this request.

From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear Department of Agriculture and Water Resources,

I seek copies of the following documents:

- Documents created in 2019 concerning the matter of whether rent free housing provided to employees of the Department posted overseas should be treated as salary for superannuation purposes;

- Communications between the Department and the Department of Finance in 2019 concerning the matter of whether rent free housing provided to employees of the Department posted overseas should be treated as salary for superannuation purposes.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Styles

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Attachment Freedom of Information request Superannuation salary of employees posted overseas SEC UNCLASSIFIED.txt
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Dear Mr Styles,

Acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) to the following:

‘- Documents created in 2019 concerning the matter of whether rent free
housing provided to employees of the Department posted

overseas should be treated as salary for superannuation purposes;

 

- Communications between the Department and the Department of Finance in
2019 concerning the matter of whether rent free housing provided to
employees of the Department posted overseas should be treated as salary
for superannuation purposes.

I would like to submit an FOI request for the recordings of the phone
calls I made to 1800 900 090 on 21 August 2019.’

 

Your request was received by the department on 20 August 2019 and the 30
day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day
after that date. The period of 30 days may be extended if we need to
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Freedom of Information Team

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Dear Mr Styles,

 

Please find attached correspondence from the Department of Agriculture in
relation to your freedom of information request.

 

If you have any queries, please contact [1][Department of Agriculture and Water Resources request email].

 

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Team

Email  [2][Department of Agriculture and Water Resources request email]

Department of Agriculture [3]www.agriculture.gov.au

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From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear FOI Team,

I have this evening paid the charges of $27.30 into the DAWR Departmental Account with reference LEX-2760.

Please proceed with processing of my request.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Styles

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From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear Foi,

I refer to the above matter.

According to my calculations, the 60 days since my request was lodged expired on 19 October. I note also that the Department has only identified 2 documents (5 pages) relevant to my request. In the circumstances, 60 days would seem to be a more than ample period of time within which to consult with the other agency concerned.

I seek your prompt advice as to when I can expect to receive a decision on my request.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Styles

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From: Foi
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources


Attachment LEX 2760 Decision signed.pdf
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Dear Mr Styles,

 

Please find attached the decision in relation to your freedom of
information request.

 

If you have any queries, please contact [1][Department of Agriculture and Water Resources request email].

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Email  [2][Department of Agriculture and Water Resources request email]

Department of Agriculture [3]www.agriculture.gov.au

18 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia GPO Box 858

 

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professional privilege or information that is otherwise sensitive or
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Department. It is your responsibility to check any attachments for viruses
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recipient, please contact the sender of this email at once by return email
and then delete both messages. Unintended recipients must not copy, use,
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From: Edward Kerrigan

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Dear Department of Agriculture and Water Resources,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Agriculture and Water Resources's handling of my FOI request 'Superannuation salary of employees posted overseas'.

- I am not satisfied that the decision-maker has appropriately taken into account the public interest in releasing the relevant documents. It is in the public interest to disclose documents that go to the question of whether superannuation schemes that are ultimately publicly funded are being appropriately administered by relevant agencies. This public interest outweighs, and should have been determined to outweigh, the other considerations the decision-maker took into account.

- A mere reference to a legal advice or the fact that a document may be informed by legal advice does not render the document legally privileged.

- Even if sections of the document were legally priviled, these could have been omitted and the remainder of the document (also excluding personal information) released.

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,

Daniel Styles

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