Time spent and charges attributed to dealing over five months with an FOI application

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
This is an application for the document whatever the name and type, that records the details of all aspects of time spent and dollar amount attributed to dealing with FOI application LEX 2125 lodged by me on 18 June.

To make things easier in difficult times I'm happy to accept the document with the names of non SES officers redacted.

The application for the document in this form seems ideally suited to access via Administrative Access so please treat it as such.

If for some reason-please tell me-this isn't possible, it is an application under the Freedom of Information Act

Yours faithfully,

Peter Timmins

FOI, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Timmins

I refer to your email dated 7 December 2020 requesting access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to:

“…the document whatever the name and type, that records the details of all aspects of time spent and dollar amount attributed to dealing with FOI application LEX 2125 lodged by me on 18 June."

Thank you for your patience as we have considered this matter.

As you have suggested, we propose handling this request outside the FOI Act through an administrative access arrangement.

Please be aware that one of the key differences between processing your request under the FOI Act and providing access through administrative access arrangements is that you will not be able to seek merits review of a decision to refuse access to information or documents under an administrative access arrangement. However, if you are dissatisfied with the department’s approach to administrative access, there are other avenues for you to make a complaint including through the department’s standard complaint handling processes.

The department does not hold any documents that record the time spent or dollar amount attributed to dealing with FOI application LEX 2125 lodged by you on 18 June 2020.

I trust this is of assistance.

Kind regards

DFAT FOI Team

Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section
Legal Division | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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