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Freedom of information

FOI disclosure log 2019

  • 1 Date that the FOI applicant was given access to a document under s11A.
  • 2 A short summary of the FOI access request.
  • 3 A short summary of the information provided under s11A.
FOI reference number Date of access1 FOI request2 Information published in the disclosure log3 Other information
LEX573 24 December 2019 I would like to request some information relating to the garden party hosted over the weekend by the Australian Ambassador to the United States of America, Joe Hockey (as reported in Australian media yesterday and today). Specifically, I would like:
  1. A copy of the food menu for the event.
  2. A copy of the drinks menu for the event.
  3. A copy of the final guest list for the event.
Garden Party [PDF 740 KB]  
LEX36 12 December 2019
  1. In relation to the making of the media release of the Minister for Foreign Affairs ("the Minister") dated 28 January 2019 in which the Minister recognised and supported Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela (28 January 2019 Venezuela statement): any briefing notes, submissions, or discussion papers provided to the Minister or the Leader of the Opposition (and/or Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs ("Shadow Minister") and file notes or minutes of high-level meetings attended by:
    1. The Minister;
    2. The Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten MP and/or the Shadow Minister
  2. In relation to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, any briefing notes, submissions or discussion papers provided to the Minister for the purposes of the Minister's visit to the US from 28 to 30 January and attendance at the Human Rights Council from 24 to 25 February; and file notes or minutes of high-level meetings relating to Venezuela during these events.

    "High-level meetings" in the above means meetings attended by the Minister, the Opposition Leader, the Shadow Minister and/or the Australian Ambassadors to the United Nations, the United States or Venezuela.

    The above request excludes the following documents:

    • Media enquiries, associated responses and related material;
    • Material which relates to Departmental media monitoring and internal reporting;
    • Material which relates to the drafting of media statements (except for the 28 January 2019 Venezuela Statement);
    • Legal Advice
Venezuela interim President [PDF 2 MB]  
LEX210 10 December 2019 All SAP searches undertaken in the course of that original application (being the release of information outside of the FOI Act on 2 May 2019), including the search terms used, and the results of each of those searches. London Post Operating Costs [PDF 1 MB]  
1906-F2208 1 November 2019 "the most recent brief about Antarctica." Antarctica Brief [PDF 40 KB]  
17/6835 15 October 2019

a. Documentation that sets out the terms of the two activities related to Ebola assistance to West Africa with the highest budget;
b. Audit reports relating to those activities, if the activities were audited;
c. The head contracts for those activities, if contracts were entered into, and;
d. Detailed budgets for those activities, if a budget was prepared for those activities.

Humanitarian Response Aid Quality Check for West Africa Ebola Emergency Response 2014 [PDF 15 MB]

 
19/23384 3 October 2019

I seek access to documents detailing the number of Australian citizens detained or arrested abroad in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years.

Due to privacy, I do not require the names of the citizens but seek the reason for the detainment or arrest as well as the city where it occurred.

Number and location of Australian citizens detained or arrested abroad in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years [PDF 158 KB]

 
19/19940 20 September 2019

I am seeking access to documents related to the appointment of former foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, to the board of Palladium International Pty Ltd.

To aid in the ease of processing, I request only documents on this matter created between March 2019 and today's date, 5 July, 2019.

Specifically, I seek correspondence, ministerial briefings, meeting minutes, or other documents that discuss or canvass the appointment of Julie Bishop to Palladium's board.

Appointment of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, to the board of Palladium International Pty Ltd [PDF 1.3 MB]

 
1712-F1818 27 August 2019

"A copy of all country information assessments prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) expressly for protection status determination purposes in relation to Bangladesh (country information), including but not limited to:
2) A copy of all draft versions of each piece of country information
3) A copy of all material relied upon by DFAT in preparing each piece of country information, including file notes, correspondence with any source contacted, audio video recordings, source material and any other records, excluding the items listed on the attached marked Annexure A.
4) A copy of all correspondence between DFAT and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection regarding each piece of country information.
5) A copy of all correspondence between DFAT and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or the Immigration Assessment Authority regarding each piece of country information.
6) The names and positions of the authors of each piece of country information.
7) The names and positions of the owners and/or person responsible for final sign off of each piece of country information."

Country Information Report Material - Bangladesh [PDF 4 MB]

 
1905-F2195 3 September 2019 "the incoming government briefs prepared by the department, including but not limited to information uploaded to an App and/or part of the Digital First System."

The Incoming Government Brief 2019 [PDF 5 MB]

 
1801-F1859 4 July 2019

"A copy of all country assessments prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) expressly for protection status determination purposes in relation to China (country information), including but not limited to:

  1. DFAT Summary of CIRs re: The Treatment of Children in China, 24 July 2003, CX 82789;
  2. DFAT RRT Country Information Request –Population and family planning regulations in Fujian Province, 13 March 2012, CX83325;
  3. DFAT RRT Information Request, 12 November 2010, CH37505; and
  4. DFAT Country Report: People's Republic of China, 3 March 2015.

A copy of all draft versions of each piece of country information.

A copy of all material relied upon by DFAT in preparing each piece of country information, including file notes, correspondence with any sources contacted, audio video recordings, source material and any other records.

A copy of all correspondence between DFAT and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection regarding each piece of country information.

A copy of all correspondence between DFAT and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or the Immigration Assessment Authority regarding each piece of country information.

The names and positions of the authors of each piece of country information.

The names and positions of the owner and/or person responsible for final sign off of each piece of country."

Country Information Report Material - China

Attachment 1 [PDF 2.2 MB]

Attachment 2 [PDF 4.59 MB]

Attachment 3 [PDF 1.51 MB]

Attachment 4 [PDF 8.85 MB]

Attachment 5 [PDF 31.3 MB]

Attachment 6 [PDF 31.5 MB]

Attachment 7 [PDF 24.6 MB]

Attachment 8 [PDF 26.2 MB]

 
1608-F1504 12 June 2019 "I seek access to written submissions to the Foreign Affairs Minister, and cables from Australia's permanent mission to the United Nations in New York, during the period 1 April 2016 to 29 July 2016 relating to the request by Mr Kevin Rudd, former prime minister, to be nominated by the Australian government for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations."

Attachments within the documents (non-exempt material) [PDF 135 KB]

 
1901-F2130 29 May 2019

"Documents, including memos, briefings, reports, submissions and emails, addressing the apparent disappearance of Yang Hengjun in China. I would like to exclude news articles and confine my request to material created January 21-23, 2019 and held within Australia. I also exclude media inquiries, media inquiry responses and associated documents, material created in relation to or in responding to media enquiries and Mr Hengjun's consular file."

Document relating to the apparent disappearance of Hengjun [PDF 243 KB]

 
1801-F1852 18 April 2019

"The diplomatic cable written by UK High Commissioner Alexander Downer about his May 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos".

Document relating to meeting between UK High Commissioner Alexander Downer and George Papadopoulos [PDF 378 KB]

 
1902-F2143 2 May 2019

All documents relied upon for sections 3.58 – 3.61 of the CIS Report for the People's Republic of China.

For further information, including requesting a copy of the documents, please contact foi@dfat.gov.au

 
1812-F2104 5 April 2019

"All records, communications and documents referring to efforts by Ireland to be included in the American E-3 Visa Programme. I wish to cover the timeframe August 1st 2018 to present day".

Documents and Communications regarding Ireland E-3 Visa Programme.

Available upon request. For further information contact foi@dfat.gov.au

 
1812-F2105 7 March 2019

All briefing papers, discussion documents, communications with government ministers, and communications with Chinese embassy staff or representatives, from the last five years regarding so-called exit bans.

Documents and Communications regarding so-called exit bans. [PDF 218 KB]  
1812-F2068 4 February 2019

"A) Communications any DFAT Deputy Secretary sent to any other DFAT Deputy Secretary and/or communications from any DFAT Deputy Secretary to the DFAT Secretary and/or communications from the DFAT Secretary to any DFAT Deputy Secretary on Monday October 15 2018 (Canberra time) and/or Tuesday October 16 2018 (Canberra time) about and/or in relation to and/or mentioning Jerusalem and/or the potential location of Australia's Embassy in Israel and/or the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and/or the Federal Government's announcement(s) about Israel.

B) Communications between Canberra-based DFAT officers at and/or above SES band three level (including, but not limited to, DFAT's Secretary) and Canberra-based DFAT staff at and/or above SES band two in the 'Levant, Iran and North Africa Section' and/or 'Media and Parliamentary Section' and/or 'Communications and Parliamentary Branch' and/or 'Communications and Parliamentary Branch' and/or 'Indonesia Strategic Political & Governance Section' on Monday October 15 2018 (Canberra time) and/or Tuesday October 16 2018 (Canberra time) about and/or in relation to and/or mentioning Jerusalem and/or the potential location of Australia's Embassy in Israel and/or the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and/or the Federal Government's announcement(s) about Israel."

Communications regarding Australian Embassy in Jerusalem. [PDF 218 KB]  
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