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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (20 September) . . Page.. 3935 ..


The recommendations in the Auditor-General's report provide an opportunity for us to review current arrangements and consider options to further strengthen processes and governance arrangements. I have tabled the report and I am pleased to provide that information to the Assembly.

Community Services Directorate—freedom of information request

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (3.17): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 39—Copy of notice provided to the Ombudsman—Community Services Directorate—Freedom of Information request—Decision not made in time, dated August 2018.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: Today I am tabling a notice provided to the Ombudsman by the Community Services Directorate as required under the Freedom of Information Act 2016 section 39(1)(c). The notice is required when an FOI decision is not made within the statutory time allowed and is taken to be a refusal to give access to the information.

An FOI access application was received by the Community Services Directorate from a Housing ACT tenant on 28 March 2018 for personal information. The statutory time frame to decide the FOI access application was 30 April 2018. There was a misinterpretation by the directorate with an email from the applicant in relation to an extension of time. Based on a perceived extension, the directorate was working to a due date of 3 July 2018.

The directorate continued to work on the FOI application and was able to finalise the application and provided a response on 15 June 2018.

Community Services Directorate—freedom of information request

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (3.18): For the information of members I present the following paper:


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