VIP Aircraft Usage and Costs

Justin made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Finance

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From: Justin

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Dear Department of Finance,

Under the FOI Act, i request information relating to the costs of using the Australian Government Aircrafts by politicians for Government Travel, preferably including a detailed breakdown of what attributes to the flight cost per hour.

I also request information relating to the passengers on board the aircraft accompanying the primary user, including any guidelines to the limit of who can travel on the aircraft.

Yours faithfully,

Justin

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Department of Finance

Thank you for your email, which has been forwarded to the Department’s FOI
Team for their consideration. A member of the FOI Team will respond to
your email in the next couple of days.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Coordinator

 

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From: FOI Requests
Department of Finance

Thank you for your email to the Freedom of Information Team at the
Department of Finance.

An officer will respond to your email shortly. In the meantime, if you
have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FOI Team on (02)
6215 1783.

Kind regards,

FOI Officer, Legal and Assurance Branch
Business Enabling Services
Department of Finance
T: 02 6215 1783 E: [Finance request email]
A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

 

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Dear Justin,

 

Thank you for your email to the Department of Finance Freedom of
Information team seeking:

 

… information relating to the costs of using the Australian Government
Aircrafts by politicians for Government Travel, preferably including a
detailed breakdown of what attributes to the flight cost per hour.

 

I also request information relating to the passengers on board the
aircraft accompanying the primary user, including any guidelines to the
limit of who can travel on the aircraft.

 

Publicly available information

[1]Section 12 of the FOI Act prescribes that where a document is open to
public access, the FOI Act will not apply. [2]Section 9 of the FOI Act
further defines what constitutes a document. Further, section 15(1) of the
FOI Act states that requests may be made for ‘…access to a document of an
agency’. At this stage, your request is for access to information. Despite
this, Finance has tried to assist you where possible.

 

The Department of Defence (Defence) is responsible for Special Purpose
Aircraft. Accordingly, any queries regarding Special Purpose Aircraft
should be directed to Defence. Having undertaken searches for publicly
available information, it appears that Defence prepares copies of a
Schedule of Special Purpose Flights, to be tabled in Parliament. Copies of
recently prepared Schedules are available at the Defence website,
accessible here: [3]http://www.defence.gov.au/Publications/P....

 

Way forward

After reviewing the information that is publicly available, please
consider if you wish to proceed to make a valid FOI request. Noting that
Defence would be best placed to process any request in relation to Special
Purpose Aircraft, we ask that you lodge a formal request with Defence at
[4][email address]. Finance will not proceed to process your request,
noting the above.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Finance FOI team on the details
below if you have any questions about this matter, or the FOI process in
general.

 

Kind regards

FOI Officer

 

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FOI Officer, Legal and Assurance Branch

Business Enabling Services

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [6][Finance request email]

A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

UNCLASSIFIED

 

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