Weir Consulting Contract CN3781259

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Dear NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission,

Under the FOI Act i wish to request documentation pertaining to the engagement of Weir Consulting for Strategic advice and review services listed on the Austender website under CN ID: CN3781259 (agency reference: 91000640)

Specifically, i am seeking documents including emails relating to the scope of work provided by Weir Consulting, the outcome of this work such as advice received, any reports produced including recommendations made and relevant correspondence between NDIS Commission SES Management and Weir Consulting Employees regarding the work.

Yours faithfully,

Ace Chapman

FOI (NDIS Commission), NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

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Dear Ace Chapman,

 

Your Freedom of Information Request – No (3) 22/23-1

 

I refer to your email of 14 July 2022, requesting access to documents
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

 

I confirm your request is for:

 

Documentation pertaining to the engagement of Weir consulting for
strategic advice and review services listed on the Austender website under
CN ID: CN3781259 (agency reference: 91000640).

Specifically, documents including emails relating to the scope of work
provided by Weird Consulting, the outcome of this work such as advice
received, any reports produced including recommendations made and relevant
correspondence

between NDIS Commission SES Management and Weir Consulting employees
regarding the work.

 

I confirm your request is a valid request under the FOI Act. The NDIS
Commission will proceed to process your request in accordance with the
requirements under the FOI Act.

 

Identity

I note that your request does not appear to include a request for your
personal information. As such, I do not require proof of identity
information.

 

Timing

The NDIS Commission is required to make a decision on access in relation
to your FOI request by Monday 15 August 2022, this being 30 days after
receiving your valid FOI request and as required under section 15(5) of
the FOI Act.

 

Please note that under section 15(6) of the FOI Act, the initial 30 day
period will be extended by a further 30 days if the NDIS Commission is
required to undertake consultations with a state, or a person or business
concerning personal or business information contained in any documents
identified that fall within the scope of your FOI request. Third party
consultations are set out in sections 27 and 27A of the FOI Act.

 

In addition, section 15AA of the FOI Act permits the NDIS Commission to
seek an extension (or series of short extension) for a period up to 30
days with your consent.

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we are required to extend the
initial period for making a decision on access (being Monday 15 August
2022).

 

Charging

You will be notified as soon as possible if a charge is associated with
processing your request.

 

Disclosure Log

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Act is required to be published on the FOI disclosure log on our website,
and made publicly available, unless certain exceptions apply. For example,
personal or business information will not be published where this would be
unreasonable.

 

Contact Details

I confirm that you have requested that the NDIS Commission correspond with
you by email.

 

Should you have any questions you may send queries via email to
[1][email address].

 

Yours Sincerely,

Linda Blue

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Dear Ace Chapman,

I refer to our email to you on 20 July 2022, acknowledging receipt of your
Freedom of Information (FOI) request (our reference: FOI Request No (3)
22/23-1).

You have requested access to:

Documentation pertaining to the engagement of Weir consulting for
strategic advice and review services listed on the Austender website under
CN ID: CN3781259 (agency reference: 91000640).

Specifically, documents including emails relating to the scope of work
provided by Weir Consulting, the outcome of this work such as advice
received, any reports produced including recommendations made and relevant
correspondence

between NDIS Commission SES Management and Weir Consulting employees
regarding the work.

 

We are in the process of conducting a search for documents that fall
within the scope of your request. At this stage, a large volume of
potentially relevant documents has been identified. Accordingly, I am
reaching out to seek further clarification from you on your intended scope
and discuss the timeframes for processing your FOI request.

I believe the best way to discuss your request would be via a telephone
call, because it may enable you to provide more information about the
purpose of your request, which will assist the FOI team in identifying the
documents you need or want.

We are wanting to better understand the information you are seeking.
Please note, that telling us more about the purpose of your request is not
a relevant consideration under the FOI Act, and it will not be taken into
account by the decision-maker in determining your access to any documents.

I understand, however, that you may prefer to continue to communicate
about the scope of your FOI request via your Right to Know email.

Could you please let me know how you would like to proceed by COB 8 August
2022.

Kind Regards,

Lauren Stinson
FOI Officer & Lawyer
Legal Services Branch

P: (02) 4722 7239
E: [1][email address]

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Dear FOI (NDIS Commission),

I am happy to clarify the scope of my request and help the team better understand the information I am seeking however would prefer to continue to do this in writing.

Could you please list in dot point format the questions you have about the scope/what you wish to understand about the request and I will respond ASAP.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Ace Chapman

FOI (NDIS Commission), NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

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Dear Ace Chapman,

Thank you for your response. We will continue correspondence via email, as
you have requested.

As previously referred to, we seek:

 1. Clarification on the intended scope of your FOI request, and
 2. Your consent to an extension of time for the processing of your FOI
request

1.       Clarification on the intended scope of your FOI request

The FOI Guidelines, published by the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner, require us to interpret requests to ‘[extend] to any
document that might reasonably be taken to be included within the
description the applicant has used’.

Without further context or clarification, we are currently taking a broad
approach to the following element of your FOI request: “any.. relevant
correspondence between NDIS Commission SES Management and Weir Consulting
employees regarding the work”.

As part of our search so far, our IT team have located approximately
18,000 search results that may fall within the scope of your FOI request.
This number is not an indication of the final number of documents that
would be subject to a decision on access, but the number of results that
would require review to determine whether they are within scope of your
FOI request. As you may appreciate, reviewing 18,000 results will require
significant resources.

We note that under section 24 of the FOI Act, agencies may refuse access
on the basis that the agency is satisfied that a ‘practical refusal reason
exists’, and continues to exist after the request consultation process has
been undertaken. A ‘practical refusal reason’ includes where the work
involved in processing a request would substantially and unreasonably
divert the resources of the agency from its other operations.

In the interests of facilitating your FOI request, we are engaging with
you to assist with clarification to the scope of your FOI request, to
locate relevant documents with greater specificity and accuracy. At this
stage, this is not a formal request consultation process under section
24AB of the FOI Act, nor has a ‘practical refusal reason’ been determined.

From your request, we understand you are seeking documentation relating to
three processes: the engagement of Weir Consulting, the scope of work
(including any variations) for which Weir Consulting were engaged, and the
outcomes of Weir Consulting’s work.

Based on our review of a portion of the search result documents, we think
that reframing the scope of your FOI request as follows may assist in
identifying relevant documents more accurately:

‘In relation to AusTender ID CN3781259 (agency reference: 91000640), final
documentation relating to:

i)                     the engagement of Weir Consulting,

ii)                   the scope of work for which Weir Consulting were
engaged, and

iii)                 the deliverables of Weir Consulting’s work’.

We appreciate that you may consider this reframing unsatisfactory and you
are by no means required to agree to it.

If you don’t agree, we are open to you providing further clarification on
the intended scope of your FOI request yourself, particularly around the
phrasing “any.. relevant correspondence between NDIS Commission SES
Management and Weir Consulting employees regarding the work”. We need a
better understanding of what you consider ‘relevant correspondence’, or
what you are hoping to receive based on this phrase, to continue
processing your FOI request. For example, you might consider
correspondence to be ‘relevant’ based on the time period during which it
was sent.

2.       Your consent to an extension of time for the processing of your
FOI request of 21 days

As described above, the scope of your FOI request is quite broad and has
returned a significant number of search results. This has increased the
complexity of processing your FOI request. Accordingly, we seek your
consent to an extension of 21 days under section 15AA of the FOI Act. If
you agree, the new date by which we need to notify you of a decision on
access (or further extensions, such as for third party consultations) will
be 5 September 2022.

Next steps

Could you please let us know by 4PM on 15 August 2022 whether you agree to
the requested extension?

Could you please also let us know as soon as possible and by 4PM on 15
August 2022 whether you agree to our proposed reframing, or provide
further information to us to assist in clarification of the scope of your
request.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Lauren Stinson
FOI Officer & Lawyer
Legal Services Branch

P: (02) 4722 7239
E: [1][email address]

W: [2]www.ndiscommission.gov.au

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Dear FOI (NDIS Commission),

I am happy for an extension of time to take place. I’m relation to the reframed scope I am also happy with this to change however with one change as below;

In relation to AusTender ID CN3781259 (agency reference: 91000640), final
documentation relating to:

i) the engagement of Weir Consulting,

ii) the scope of work for which Weir Consulting were
engaged, and

iii) the deliverables of Weir Consulting’s work including the final report and recommendations made as a result of the work

Yours sincerely,

Ace Chapman

FOI (NDIS Commission), NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

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Dear Ace Chapman,

 

Thank you for your response. I will notify OAIC accordingly of the agreed
extension and refine our search in line with the reframed scope of your
request (including your amendments as indicated below).

 

Kind Regards,

Lauren Stinson
FOI Officer & Lawyer
Legal Services Branch

P: (02) 4722 7239
E: [1][email address]

W: [2]www.ndiscommission.gov.au

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The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission acknowledges the traditional
owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to
land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures,
and to elders both past and present.

 

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privileged information (and neither are waived or lost if this email has
been sent to you by mistake).  If you are not the intended recipient, you
must not use, disclose, copy or retain it.  If you have received it in
error, please let me know by reply email and then delete this email from
your system and do not retain any copy. Recipients within the NDIS
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different matter.

 

 

 

 

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