Telephone apps.

Alan Burke made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Communications and the Arts

Waiting for an internal review by Department of Communications and the Arts of their handling of this request.

From: Alan Burke

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Dear Department of Communications and the Arts,

I wish 2 know about an app.that allows 4 switching ON // OFF Aircon unit from off premises?
Also why do I have to have a telephone to access my gov.info?
Yours faithfully, Alan Burke.

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Dear Mr Burke

 

Thank you for your email dated 23 December 2016 in which you indicated you
are seeking information from the Department of Communications and the Arts
(Department).

 

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Department of Communications and the Arts

P +61 2 6271 1277

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[2]communications.gov.au

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From: Alan Burke

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Dear FOI,
The owner of professional office premises next door,has externally placed "Air conditioner fans"in consoles,these are switched on & off for periods of hours @ a time overnight,disturbing rest time & sleep of pensioners living in this block of units.Since two of them have had a dispute with this "owner" these fans have been switched on & off many times overnight,NO accident methinks,so if it can be ascertained to be switched from off premises,we may be able to insist that fans be only operated during business hours,your help will be critical in this search for our peace of mind & restful sleep overnight. Thanking you in anticipation, Alan B.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Burke

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Dear Mr Burke

 

Thank you for your email.  Please note that the Department of
Communications and the Arts administers legislation and provides policy
analysis and advice to the Australian Government about the communications
industry—television, radio, Internet, phone, post, and the changes in
digital technologies so Australians can enjoy the benefits of modern
communications.

 

Accordingly, we are very unlikely to hold any documents about
air-conditioning systems. 

 

Please note that laws in relation to noise disputes between neighbours are
the responsibility of local government authorities and police.  If you
have not already done so, you may wish to consider contacting your local
council or your local community legal centre for advice about this issue.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[2]communications.gov.au

[3]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [4]@CommsAu

 

[5]arts.gov.au

[6]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [7]@artsculturegov

 

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advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

 

 

 

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From: Alan Burke

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Dear FOI,

My question IS;there an app.ennabling Switch on // off 4 airconditioners,on phones?Particularly from off premises.
Yours sincerely,

Alan Burke

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Ben Fairless left an annotation ()

Hey Alan,

Ben here - I'm a volunteer on this site.

The department of Communications probably doesn't monitor apps that are available to turn on/off air conditioners remotely. I know that you can get home automation systems to do this (Sensibo and Nest come to mind as products) but it always requires something else (unless your home is already setup for it).

The department will likely refuse your request as they won't monitor what apps exist. Hope this helps somewhat!

Thanks,
Ben

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Also, my.gov.au is run by the department of human services, not Communications. You could ask them: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/new/dhs

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Mr Burke,

 

As previously advised, we are the Australian Government Department
responsible for telecommunications policy and legislation. 

 

We do not provide research services or provide advice to members of the
public about mobile phone applications or other technology used to control
specific air-conditioning systems.

 

[1]cid:C4234CC5-D32A-44FF-A754-F96227B373F7

 

FOI Coordinator  /  Office of the General Counsel  

Department of Communications and the Arts

E [Department of Communications and the Arts request email]

 

38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

  

[2]communications.gov.au

[3]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [4]@CommsAu

 

[5]arts.gov.au

[6]cid:17F0759F-5B67-41BB-B991-66700A2CA00A [7]@artsculturegov

 

This email and any attachments may contain confidential information or
legal advice over which legal professional privilege can be claimed.  Such
privilege is not waived and you should ensure that, in the handling of the
advice, you avoid waiving privilege.  Please consult the author of the
advice if unsure about appropriate handling.

 

 

 

 

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From: Alan Burke

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Dear Department of Communications and the Arts,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Communications and the Arts's handling of my FOI request 'Telephone apps.'.

[ My question is simple;IS there an app.4 using a phone to switch on // off an airconditioner unit? NOT a particular one or two or seven,or a particular brand! Just is an app. available to do these two tasks mentioned?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

Alan Burke

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