Training / professional development of eSafety Commissioner

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Dear eSafety Commissioner,

I wish to make a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for documents, or a summary of documents, meeting the following conditions:

* Details of all training, professional development and formal education engaged in by the eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant between her first appointment to the role in January 2017 and the date of this request.

I wish to receive correspondence about this matter through the Right to Know website.

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The request can be narrowed in the following ways:

* I do not require the names, contact details, identifying information or personal data of any persons, whether within the eSafety Office or elsewhere, except for the names of provider organisations who have delivered training mentioned in the request.

* I do not require the details of any training, professional development or formal education which the eSafety Commissioner does not feel is relevant to her duties as eSafety Commissioner or her suitability or qualification for that role. (I do not need to know if, for example, she has learned to play the piano.)

* I do not require any details of the training OTHER THAN:
- the name of the course or qualification;
- the provider who delivered it;
- the material covered and assessed as part of the training, and the core skills developed (the description of this from the provider should be sufficient);
- the rough dates over which the training occurred, and the rough total number of hours of training (e.g. "eight hours delivered between February and March 2023");
- the nature of the training environment (online, in person in office, or at external provider); and
- whether the Commissioner completed the training and was awarded the relevant certification or qualification.

* I do not require:
- correspondence or receipts regarding booking or attendance at the course;
- course materials or assessments.

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While the FOI Act technically only permits me to ask for the actual primary documents containing this information, I would be satisfied by a summary of this information, perhaps in the form of a table or spreadsheet, created by your office if that would represent less work for your staff and a clearer summary of the data.

With thanks,

Greg Tannahill

FOI, eSafety Commissioner

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OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Tannahill

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request under the Freedom of Information
Act 1982 (FOI Act) received on 2 May 2024.

 

Unless you request otherwise, we will redact the names and personal
information of public servants on relevance grounds pursuant to section 22
of the FOI Act. We will also proceed on the basis that you do not require
duplicates or drafts of material in scope.

 

The FOI Act allows 30 days for processing your request. This period may be
extended for charges and third-party consultation. We will let you know if
this occurs.

 

I will contact you at the email address above unless you advise otherwise.
Any documents released to you as part of this decision will be published
on our disclosure log unless one of the relevant exceptions apply. Further
information about the FOI Act, including eSafety’s publication
obligations, is available on our website at
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Kind regards

 

FOI Coordinator

 

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We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and
to Elders past, present and emerging.

 

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Dear FOI Coordinator,

Thank you. I confirm that your understanding regarding scope etc is correct, and await the production of documents.

Yours sincerely,

Greg Tannahill

FOI, eSafety Commissioner

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OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Tannahill

 

Please find attached a decision and statement of reasons in the above
matter.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Coordinator

 

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We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and
to Elders past, present and emerging.

 

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To: Greg Tannahill <[FOI #11381 email]>
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OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Tannahill

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request under the Freedom of Information
Act 1982 (FOI Act) received on 2 May 2024.

 

Unless you request otherwise, we will redact the names and personal
information of public servants on relevance grounds pursuant to section 22
of the FOI Act. We will also proceed on the basis that you do not require
duplicates or drafts of material in scope.

 

The FOI Act allows 30 days for processing your request. This period may be
extended for charges and third-party consultation. We will let you know if
this occurs.

 

I will contact you at the email address above unless you advise otherwise.
Any documents released to you as part of this decision will be published
on our disclosure log unless one of the relevant exceptions apply. Further
information about the FOI Act, including eSafety’s publication
obligations, is available on our website at
[7]https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/corp....

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Coordinator

 

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eSafety acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout
Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and
to Elders past, present and emerging.

 

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Dear eSafety,

Thank you for this document, which answers most of my FOI request.

May I please seek a clarification, though?

My FOI specifically requested a summary of the content covered/assessed by the course, and an indication of the number of hours spent completing the course, and information as to how the course was delivered (at a training facility, in office, or online).

Can you advise whether you have not released this information because (a) eSafety does not possess the information, or could not locate it, or (b) you possess the information but rely on an exemption under the Act to withhold it?

It seems implausible that a modern HR department would not have record of this information, especially if eSafety money was used to pay for the course, and if you are unable to produce it easily in summary form then I would be satisfied by the primary documents which contain it. (Such as the documentation from the course provider, or the Commissioner's calendar entries relating to attending the course.)

Yours sincerely,

Greg Tannahill

FOI, eSafety Commissioner

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OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Tannahill

 

We are making further enquiries with the Commissioner’s Office and will
respond to your e-mail as soon as possible.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Coordinator

 

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respects to First Nations people, and to Elders past, present and future.

 

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Dear eSafety FOI Coordinator,

I'm just following up on my query on this FOI regarding the qualifications of the eSafety Commissioner. As you will recall, my initial request specified that it should contain the time spent in courses, the manner of their delivery, and the subject matter of the course, all of which was omitted from the formal response to the FOI.

You had indicated you were going to chase up this matter and specify whether the material could be provided, or was not held, or was exempt under legislative exemption.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Greg Tannahill