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Freedom of information disclosure log

Australian Government agencies must publish on their websites details of information they release in response to freedom of information requests.

FOI Disclosure Log

They are required to do so under Subsection 11C(3) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Set out below are descriptions of information and documents we have released.

If you wish to obtain copies of these documents, email: FOI@ag.gov.au 

For details on how to make an FOI request, visit the Freedom of Information page.

An archived version of the Archived freedom of information guidelines and memoranda webpage is available on Trove.

Description and dates of documents released under Freedom of Information

Reference number Date Sort ascending Request Info published Decision maker
FOI20/051 09/06/2020 A copy of the Minutes of Meeting for discussions held on 4 April 2013 by the Standing Council on Law and Justice in relation to a review of Australia’s female genital mutilation legal framework 1 document released in part Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/065 19/05/2020 Document on statistics regarding the International Transfer of Prisoners Scheme from the United Kingdom to Australia (2017-2019) One document released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/029 18/05/2020 Documents containing information regarding advice received by and/or prepared within the department on the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act and climate change. 13 documents released in part Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/049 15/05/2020 Documents regarding the National Guidelines: Assessment of Applications from Reportable Offenders for Permission to Travel Overseas 1 document was released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/038 06/04/2020 Documents regarding the policies and procedures for determining whether a person is an 'employee' or an 'independent contractor' for the purpose of assessing a Fair Entitlement Guarantee claim. Three documents were released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/043 31/03/2020 Document released on statistics regarding International Transfer of Prisoners Scheme from Australia to the United Kingdom (2017–2019 inclusive). One document released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/015 30/03/2020 A copy of a document produced by the department on enterprise agreement restrictions referenced in the Australian Financial Review on December 6, 2019, and any emails within the department referencing and/or discussing this document or the media article between 1 July 2019 and 30 January 2020. One document released in full, 21 documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/266 03/03/2020 ​Copies of emails and documents held by the Attorney-General’s Department and/or the Office which illustrate the Department’s role and engagement with Mr Assange in relation to certain events/key milestones. 26 documents were released in part Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/018 27/02/2020 Letters sent by the department to NBN Co in relation to the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme as well as any related correspondence between NBN Co and the department. Two documents were released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/248 14/02/2020 Document released containing a breakdown of the number of submissions that the department logged (as at COB 13 January 2020) in response to consultation on the first exposure drafts of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019, Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019, and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019. One document was released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/004 10/02/2020 Document providing statistics on International Transfer of Prisoners Scheme between Australian and the United Kingdom 2017-2019 One document was released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI20/008 07/02/2020 Documents relating to amounts paid to witnesses of Case Study 50 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Two documents were released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/278 29/01/2020 Documents relating to reviewers of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, including documents relating to what was reviewed, how and why reviewers were selected and amounts paid. Six documents released in full and 62 documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/250 24/01/2020 Documents mentioning the name "Tony Abbott" created, sent or received by SES employees in the Integrity and International Group between 1 March 2019 to 4 November 2019. Three documents released in full and 23 documents released in part​. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/276 23/01/2020 Documents relating to advice about laws imposing civil penalties on secondary boycotts that cause "substantial loss or damage" relevant to environmental activism. Four documents released in part and 12 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/277 22/01/2020 Documents relating to witness fees for Case Study 50 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission’s decision not to publish Literature Review. Three documents released in full and two documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI16/146 20/01/2020 Documents relating to the Attorney-General's Department led review of the Commonwealth Courts. Two documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/260 20/01/2020 Documents relating to environmental activism/advocacy and economic disruption, resource projects or the coal sector. ​ 11 documents released in part and 11 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/247 24/12/2019 Documents relating to appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal between 1 October 2018 and 21 February 2019. One document released in full, 29 documents released in part, and 17 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/254 17/12/2019 All documents relating to a particular NSW Police Force report. In particular, all documents which confirm the death of Father James Michael Leslie Brown (b. 28/02/1949) Six documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/262 17/12/2019 The Department’s Freedom of Information business rules, guidelines, manuals and templates. 23 documents released in full Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/240 13/12/2019 Documents and correspondence relating to an application by a registered lobbyist
firm, GC Advisory Ptd Ltd, to add the client Saber Astronautics Pty Ltd as a client.
Two documents released in full, two documents released in part Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/256 06/12/2019 The current version or the most recent previous version of policies, guidelines, codes of practice and procedures governing the decision-making process relating to the following:

a. the imposition of charges for processing requests made under Part III of the FOI Act; and

b. the postponement, reduction and remission of charges for processing requests made under Part III of the FOI Act.
Three documents released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/228 25/11/2019 Correspondence between the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the office of Attorney-General, Christian Porter, related to consideration of the ACT’s Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018.

- Briefings prepared for the Attorney-General, Christian Porter, regarding the ACT’s Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018.

- Documents informing any advice or briefings related to the ACT’s Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018.
Three documents released in full, six documents released in part and 11 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/226 25/11/2019 Any document relating to the content of the Department of the Attorney General's advice OR the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution's advice on the Australian Capital Territory's Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018 created between 17 September 2019 and 26 September 2019, excluding the advice dated 23 September sent by Sarah Chidgey to Richard Glenn. Three documents released in full, 13 documents released in part and eight documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/255 20/11/2019 Any documents which answer the following questions:

I.a. Who were the leadwriter(s) of each of the 3 books of Volume 16? (A catholic organisation's online newsletter states Crittendon was 'Lead Writer- Religious Institutions Volume')

l.b. [. .. ] Who wrote books 1 and 3 of volume 16?

1. c. Did any of the six Commissioners review Volume 16, Book 2, and provide feedback; if so which ones?

l.d Any guidelines or writing policies that were provided to the writers of Volume 16, Book 2

I.e. A list of anyone who was not a Commission employee who was given a copy of Volume 16, Book 2 prior to the Final Report being ade publicly available, and the reason they were given it: eg was it in order to provide feedback or review, or for some other reason.

2. a. What, if any, policies did the Commission have regarding conflicts of interest for commissioners, employees, contractors, and researchers?

2.b. If there any policies regarding this for Australian royal commissions overall what are they?

2. c. If there are any policies regarding conflicts of interest for Australian commonwealth public servants that are applicable to royal commissions what are they.

3.a. Was there any type of tender or application process for the external research funded by the Commission?

3.b. Who made the decisions regarding research funding given to Australian Catholic University and RMIT?

3. c. What was the process for deciding who research funding was given to, and who had overall responsibility for the allocation of research funds?

4. List of reviewers and advisory group members for the following reports:

• Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of risk of child sexual abuse in institutions

• Risk profiles for institutional child sexual abuse

• Our Safety Counts: Children and young people's perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns

• Taking us seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns

• Safe and sound: Exploring the safety of young people in residential care.

• Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (PDF)

5. Names of the writers of Creating child safe institutions
12 documents released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/245 18/11/2019 Documents, communications or correspondence between:

1. The Registered Organisations Commissioner and the Attorney-General; and

2. The Registered Organisations Commissioner and the Attorney-General's Department, in the period 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 in relation to the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bi11 2019 (Cth).
Five documents released in full, 10 documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/192 14/11/2019 (1) all documents containing correspondence between the Attorney-General (or his office) and the Department during the period 18 December 2018 to 23 July 2019 relating to "Measure 6" in the Report (the recommendation relating to merit based-appointments);

(2) all documents containing correspondence between the Attorney-General (or his office) and the Department during the period 18 December 2018 to 23 July 2019 relating to whether and when the Report should be released publicly; and

(3) all documents containing correspondence between the Attorney-General (or his office) and the Department during the period 1 December 2018 to 21 February 2019 relating to appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, including (but not limited to):

• all documents containing correspondence between the Attorney-General (or his office) and the Department during the period 1 December 2018 to 21 February 2019 relating to the appointment of William Frost, Fiona Zuccala, and Joseph Francis to the administrative Appeals Tribunal; and

• all documents containing correspondence between the Attorney-General (or his office) and the Department during the period 1 December 2018 to 21 February 2019 relating to the reappointment of Gary Humphries to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Three documents released in full, 54 documents released in part, and Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/223 11/11/2019 Any reports, briefs, documents, memos, notes or emails created by the department in the 12 months prior to 25 September 2019 (inclusive) that relate to consultation regarding any extension of the Fair Entitlement Guarantee program to migrant workers. Five documents released in full and 41 documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/209 04/11/2019 A list of all those appointed as a Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. One document released in full.  Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/207 04/11/2019 1. A list of members to a board or committee (if any board or committee existed) for review of the Final Report volumes of the Royal Commission.

2. A list of members to a board or committee (if any board or committee existed) for review of the following research papers:

a. Scoping study for research into the prevalence of child abuse in Australia

b. The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

c. Life journeys of victim/survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions: An analysis of Royal Commission private sessions

d. Creating child safe institutions

e. Help-seeking needs and gaps for preventing child sexual abuse

f. Analysis of claims of child sexual abuse made with respect to Catholic Church institutions in Australia

g. The use and effectiveness of restorative justice in criminal justice systems following child sexual abuse or comparable harms

h. Capturing practice knowledge from the Royal Commission support model
Eight documents released in full.  Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/243 01/11/2019 The names of the editors of volumes 2, 3, 9, 12, and 16 of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. One document released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/229 01/11/2019 Information held by the Attorney-General’s Department about security contact reports filed by its public servants.

On Tuesday September 17 2019, I contacted the Attorney-General’s Department media team and enquired about the number of security contact reports filed over certain periods of time. I received a response from the media team on Friday September 20 2019.

I am requesting:

1. Any communications from the Attorney-General’s Department between 17 September 2019 and 20 September 2019 arising from my ABC enquiry and relating to “contact reporting”, “security contact reports”, “soft power”, “foreign interference”, “espionage”

2. Any communications from Attorney-General’s Department secretary Chris Moraitis in 2019 about “contact reporting ”, “security contact reports”, “soft power”, “foreign interference”, “espionage”

3. The number of security contact reports filed by Attorney-General’s Department employees in 2019

4. Any briefings or submissions created about security contact reports since 2019

5. The number of security contact reports filed by Attorney-General’s Department employees in 2018

6. The number of security contact reports filed by Attorney-General’s Department employees in 2013

7. The number of Attorney-General’s Department employees who filed security contact reports in 2019, and who also held top secret security clearance
Six documents release in full and 15 documents released in part, seven documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/203 28/10/2019 1. Documents which show the following regarding Dr Marie Keenan (in her advisory capacity to the Australian Royal Commission into the abuse of children for reviews of the literature): the nature of her advisory capacity, whether paid by the Commission, and if so how much, whether she was a member of a specific board for reviews of the literature and what literature she reviewed.

2. Whatever documents are needed to give a list of all people were board members for literature reviews, or engaged in any other capacity to review literature.
Three documents released in full. One document released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/242 25/10/2019 Any documents that were tabled or notes kept surrounding the treatment by Dr Wettenhall of patients from the 1960’s – 1980’s. One document released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/224 25/10/2019 Any letters by the Attorney-General or the Attorney-General’s department to the Prime Minister regarding the addition of accommodation issues affecting temporary migrant workers to the schedule of a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments sent in the past 18 months.

Any emails between the Attorney-General’s department and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet regarding the addition of accommodation issues affecting temporary migrant workers to the schedule of any meeting of the Council of Australian Governments sent in the past 18 months.
Three documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/196 21/10/2019 File 18/7275 OCL - Proposed protocol re: investigatory powers and parliamentary privilege Five documents released in full, seven documents released in part and two documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/221 21/10/2019 All emails or letters created or received between consulted parties when processing Requests FOI19/158 and FOI19/159. Three documents released in full and 16 documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/195 16/10/2019 Any correspondence between the department and Facebook, Twitter or Google/YouTube regarding the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Bill 2019 or Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019. 11 documents released in full and eight documents released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/187 15/10/2019 File 18/1079 CLU - ILU - Consumer Data Right / Open Banking - privacy - 2018 Five documents released in full, 11 documents released in part and 19 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/190 15/10/2019 File 18/4230 Elder Abuse Question Time briefs - Family Safety Branch 19 documents released in full and one document released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/121 14/10/2019 The documents I seek is the Blue Book or Departmental brief provided to the new Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter. My application only relates to the IR portfolio. I note that the Minister said today in an interview with Sky News that he just been provided with the briefs. Three documents released in part and one document released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/183 14/10/2019 File 18/1832 Automated Decision Making, excluding (a) the names of any non-Senior Executive Service officers and (b) duplicate documents. 29 documents released in full, one document released in part, and 6 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/181 14/10/2019 File 18/3382 Marriage Regulations 2017 – considerations of future amendments excluding (a) the names of any non-Senior Executive Service officers and (b) duplicate documents. Three documents released in full, 16 documents released in part and 16 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/182 14/10/2019 File 18/459 CTALB- Incoming Attorney-General Submission- Judicial appointments process- Administrative Appeals Tribunal appointments process, excluding (a) the names of any non-Senior Executive Service officers and (b) duplicate documents. Two documents released in full, four documents released in part and one duplicate document exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/202 11/10/2019 1. A copy of the report by RMIT commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

2. A list of the people who were members of the expert advisory committee for the report.
Two documents released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/213 10/10/2019 In regards to the line:

“Some limited further information has been redacted on other grounds”

On this webpage: https://financialservices.royalcommission.gov.au/Submissions/Pages/Submissions-in-response-to-initial-request.aspx

I request that the selective information that has been redacted "on other grounds" to be provided.

In the case where this is not possible, please provide specific reasons why this information is being withheld.
One document released in part. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/174 02/10/2019 Documents that tally the total payment of fees, including legal costs, involved in the use of a Special Purpose Liquidator examining matters associated with the failure of Queensland Nickel in 2016.

This includes any legal or expert fees paid by the Commonwealth in association with legal matters related to Queensland Nickel, or paid to the SPL for the purposes of the SPL then paying for legal or expert fees.

This includes but is not exclusive to actions by the SPL to recoup Commonwealth money allocated under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee to workers who lost their jobs following the liquidation of Queensland Nickel.

For the purposes of narrowing the scope of this FOI, I only require the summary documents for the total amounts, and do not require constant running sheets of bills being paid. For example, if a final tally of all payments made since 2016 was available in one document, I would only require the latest version of said document and not any previous periodic updates.
One document released in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/148 25/09/2019 1. emails, talking points, briefs, submissions, advices and notes relating to:

(a) the constitutional basis for, and

(b) the potential practical applications of the amending provisions proposed under the Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018; and

2. manuals, rules of engagement, guidelines, emails, talking points, briefs, submissions and advices in relation to rules of engagement guidelines under the Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018.
Four documents released in full, two documents released in part and 13 documents exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
FOI19/185 20/09/2019 Any emails or documents relation to the A Current Affair broadcast of fottage of Steve Dickson in a strip club Five documents released in part, one document exempt in full. Attorney-General’s Department
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