Page 1933 - Week 05 - Thursday, 10 May 2018

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This question was redefined to be:

“Clarification (28 Mar 18): requesting the total number of FOI Requests received during 2015-16 and 2016-17 that are pending or processed. Separately, we are also requesting the number of FOI Requests that were pending or processed, in part or wholly during 2017-18 to date. We are requesting all three of these datasets to be broken down individually by parts (i), (ii) and (iii).”

The information requested is outside the annual report requirement for the Freedom of Information Act 1989. To produce the answer to Mr Coe’s question, directorates will have to assess all FOI requests from the past three years to determine whether they are (i) finalised within the statutory timeframe, (ii) outside the statutory timeframe and (iii) not yet been finalised. The FOI legislation (both 1989 and 2016) allow additional time when there is a third party consultation or extension granted by the ACT Ombudsman. The addition time varies from case to case, and it is hard to say which FOI request is within the statutory timeframe by looking at total processing time. For example, the stats for 46-60 days could be either a late item or an item not late but was under consultation. Although the answers to (iii) for 15-16 and 16-17 can be found in the annual reports, answering all parts of Questions 3 could still result in substantial diversion of resources.

I have asked ACT Government Directorates and agencies to

a) provide the information on 15-16 and 16-17 by referring to the relevant annual reports;

b) provide information on the period of July to December 17 following the annual report directions for Freedom of Information Act 1989;

c) Provide information on the period of 1 Jan – 23 March 18 (FOI requests received under the new FOI Act) broken down into (i) within statutory timeframe; (ii) outside statutory timeframe and (iii) yet to be finalised.

The answers are provided below:

(a) Please refer to the Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s Annual Report in 2015 16 and 2016-17 for the requested information:

(b) Please see the answers to Question (3) (b) in the spreadsheet attached.

(c) Please see the answers to Question (3) (c) in the spreadsheet attached.

(Copies of the attachments are available at the Chamber Support Office).

(Question Nos 1235-1263)

Mr Coe asked the Chief Minister, the Minister for Urban Renewal, the Minister for Economic Development, the Treasurer, the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, the Attorney-General, the Minister for Police and Emergency

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