The Department’s Incoming Government Brief for 2022.

Currently waiting for a response from Department of Veterans' Affairs, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,
On 02 Mar 22, Alison Hale of DVA stated in a letter the following:-

"We will bear your views in mind when providing advice to the Government about veterans’ legislation reform."

As there has been a change of Government since May 2022, I seek a copy of the Department’s Incoming Government Brief for 2022.

I also seek any and all documents between the Department to the Minister(s) relating to all instances of "... providing advice to the Government about veterans’ legislation reform" for the last three (3) years. Any private details can be redacted, but NOT business details of Australian Public Servants and other related Staff including but not limited to names, email address and business phone numbers. These are to be treated as "in scope".

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Jordan

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Jordan,

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (the department) has received your
request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). I note you have requested access to the following:

I seek a copy of the Department's Incoming Government Brief for 2022. I
also seek any and all documents between the Department to the Minister(s)
relating to all instances of "... providing advice to the Government about
veterans' legislation reform" for the last three (3) years. Any private
details can be redacted, but NOT business details of Australian Public
Servants and other related Staff including but not limited to names, email
address and business phone numbers. These are to be treated as "in scope".

Your request was received by the department on 9 November 2022 and the
ordinary 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced
from the day after that date.

 

Charges

 

The Department will notify you within 14 days of an estimate of the
charges that will apply to your request for non-personal information
before we process any requested documents or impose a final charge.

 

Your address

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address that we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[1][FOI #9547 email] . Unless you tell us
otherwise, we will send all notices and correspondence to this address.

 

Disclosure log

 

Information released under the FOI Act may be published on a disclosure
log on our website, subject to certain exceptions. These exceptions
include where publication of personal, business, professional or
commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

Request to treat certain material as out of scope or irrelevant to the
request

 

To the extent the department has documents in its possession that fall
within the scope of your request, we intend to treat the following
information as out of scope or irrelevant to your request, pursuant to
section 22(1)(b)(ii) of the FOI Act:

1.       The surnames, signatures and direct contact details of non-SES
Commonwealth employees and contractors, including clinical staff working
for Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling; and

2.       The signatures of third party individuals.

If you agree to the department treating these details as irrelevant,
please advise by 23 November 2022.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[2][DVA request email]

 

Yours sincerely

Arthur  Position Number – 62341836

Information Access Officer

Information Access Unit / Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch

Client Engagement and Support Services Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

[3][DVA request email]

[4]www.dva.gov.au

 

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References

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Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

As I have already told you, in writing, I DO NOT agree to your request to treat certain material as out of scope or irrelevant to the request. Please respect my wishes as previously communicated to you.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Jordan

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Good afternoon Jordan,

Thank you for your request for information per your below email.

Search minutes have been sent to the relevant business area for document retrieval, however I have had a request to clarify your scope further.

Can you please define what you mean by 'Government'? For example, are you referring to Cabinet in this instance?

Could you please provide a response latest COB Monday 28th November.

Kind regards,
Suzanne| Information Access Officer
Position 62210871
Information Access Unit  I Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch
Client Engagement and Support Services Division
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Tel 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)
[DVA request email]
www.dva.gov.au 

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Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,
I am not asking for any Cabinet documents. I am more interested in any documents prepared for the incoming DVA Minister Keough by DVA, including any outstanding matters from the previous Minister, particularly relating to any suggestions for "quick wins" and/or legislative change.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Jordan

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Good morning Mr Jordan,

Thank you for the below response. I have forwarded this to the relevant business area and will advise if anything further is required.

Kind regards,
Suzanne| Information Access Officer
Position 62210871
Information Access Unit  I Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch
Client Engagement and Support Services Division
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Tel 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)
[DVA request email]
www.dva.gov.au 

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INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Jordan

 

Freedom of Information Request: LEX 54669

 

I refer to your request for access to documents held by the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs (Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(FOI Act). Your request was received by the Department on 9 November 2022
and was made in the following terms:

 

On 02 Mar 22, Alison Hale of DVA stated in a letter the following:-

"We will bear your views in mind when providing advice to the Government
about veterans’ legislation reform." As there has been a change of
Government since May 2022, I seek a copy of the Department’s Incoming
Government Brief for 2022. I also seek any and all documents between the
Department to the Minister(s) relating to all instances of "... providing
advice to the Government about veterans’ legislation reform" for the last
three (3) years. Any private details can be redacted, but NOT business
details of Australian Public Servants and other related Staff including
but not limited to names, email address and business phone numbers. These
are to be treated as "in scope".

 

In accordance with section 15(5)(b) of the FOI Act, the due date for a
decision on your request is 9 December 2022.

 

Due to the complexity of your request and the ongoing consultation with
other business areas within the Department, I am seeking your agreement to
a 30 day extension of time under [1]section 15AA of the FOI Act.

 

If you are agreeable, this would make the new decision date for your
request Monday 9 January 2023.

 

Please advise no later than COB Monday 5 December 2022 if you agree to the
extension of time.

 

Further information on FOI processing can be found at the website of the
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at
[2]https://www.oaic.gov.au/.

 

Kind regards,

Suzanne| Information Access Officer

Position 62210871

Information Access Unit  I Client Access and Rehabilitation Branch

Client Engagement and Support Services Division

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Tel 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

[3][DVA request email]

[4]www.dva.gov.au 

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References

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2. https://www.oaic.gov.au/
3. mailto:[DVA request email]
4. http://www.dva.gov.au/
5. https://www.facebook.com/DVAAus
6. https://twitter.com/DVAAus
7. https://au.linkedin.com/company/australi...
8. https://www.youtube.com/DVATVAus

Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

I refer to your request for an extension of time. As I do not wish to be seen to be adversarial I am prepared to consent to an extension of time of fourteen (14) days. I hope this is agreeable with you.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Jordan