Disclosure log - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is required by the section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been relea​sed in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:​​

  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • other information covered by a d​etermination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

The information described in this register has been released by the department under the FOI Act and is available for public access, generally for 12 months. Some information may remain on the disclosure log for longer than 12 months if it remains in the public interest.

Information will be published on the disclosure log 1–10 business days after it is released to the FOI applicant.

Where possible, the information will be available in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Information that is not available for download may be obtained by writing to the department.

A charge may be imposed to reimburse the department for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you.

There will be no charge for the time spent by the department in processing the FOI request that led to this information being made available. You will be notified if any charge is payable and required to pay the charge before the information is provided.

If it is the case that documents in the disclosure log are not available in a format accessible to you, please contact the FOI Officer. We will try to meet all reasonable requests for an alternate format of the document in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to you.

Under the FOI Act, some information might not be disclosed if it falls within one of the categories of exemptions under the FOI Act. If only part of a document is considered to be exempt, then the exempt information is deleted and the remainder of the document is released. More information on the exemptions that are available under the FOI Act.​​

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Disclosure log

Reference numberDate released
to applicant
Summary of FOI request received by the departmentSummary of documents released (and whether released in full or part)Other information
FOI2016/17-851 September 2017The applicant requested copies of documents relating to three applications for funding received under the Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) to improve market access for kangaroo products.

Seven documents were released in full with deletion of irrelevant information. Two documents were released in part with deletion of exempt material.

The document is available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI2016/17-8428 August 2017The applicant requested copies of voyage, mortality and investigation reports concerning Mortality Investigation 61 by the department regarding cattle exported to Vietnam by the North Australian Cattle Company in March 2016.Eight documents were released in full with deletion of irrelevant material.The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI2016/17-5321 August 2017The applicant requested a copy of the final report of the Productivity Commission entitled ‘Regulation of Agriculture’.One document was released in full, with access deferred under s 21(1)(b) until 14 days after tabling of the document in both houses of Parliament.The document is available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI2016/17-7521 July 2017The applicant requested copies of voyage and mortality reports for the July 2016 voyage of MV Al Messilah from Fremantle to Hamad/Jebel Ali/Muscat/Port Shuwaikh.

Twenty four documents were released in full with deletion of irrelevant material.

The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI2016/17-7428 June 2017The applicant requested copies of policy and procedure documents regarding personal and baggage inspection by departmental staff of passengers arriving at Australian international airports. Three documents were released in part with deletion of exempt material.The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI2016/17-5919 June 2017The applicant requested copies of documents relating to the department's access to telecommunications data under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979.Three documents were released in full with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii).
 The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI2016/17-6324 May 2017The applicant requested copies of communications between the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for the Environment and Energy, or between their respective departments, relating to accessing protected forests in Victoria or Tasmania for timber harvesting.

Two documents were released in full with deletion of irrelevant material.

The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
​FOI2016/17-61​3 May 2017​​The applicant requested copies of documents relating to the implementation of the Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis system under the Biosecurity Act 2015. ​14 documents were released in part with deletion of exempt material. 
The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer
FOI2016/17-6220 April 2017The applicant requested a copy of the topics list for briefs created in preparation for hearings of Senate 2016-17 Additional Estimates.The document is available on request by contacting the FOI Officer. 
FOI2016/17-5730 March 2017The applicant requested copies of documents provided to the Finance Minister under s 22(2) of the PGPA Act regarding a GPO. The document is available on request by contacting the FOI Officer. 
FOI2016/17-5016 March 2017The applicant requested the data provided to the ballot agent for enterprise agreements which were proposed to take effect after 30 June 2014. The document is available on request by contacting the FOI Officer. 
FOI2016/17-1521 February 2017 Kiwifruit importation risk assessments

The applicant requested copies of biosecurity pest and disease risk assessments between 1990 and 2012, and communications with the Government of New Zealand in 2010 and 2011, regarding the importation of kiwifruit and kiwifruit propagative material from New Zealand.
14 documents were released in full. Three documents were released in part with deletions under sections 33(a)(iii) and 33(b).

Released documents​​ PDF [5.0 MB]

 
FOI2016/17-2522 December  2016 APVMA relocation

The applicant requested copies of correspondence between the department, Deputy Prime Minister’s office and CropLife Australia regarding the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale NSW.
Eight documents were released in full, with deletions of irrelevant information under s 22(1)(a)(ii). Five documents were fully exempt under s 34(1)(c) and s 34(3).

Document 1​​ PDF [3.4 MB]

 
FOI2016/17-287 December 2016 2016-2017 Supplementary Budget Estimates

The applicant requested a copy of the topics list for briefs created in preparation for hearings of Senate 2016-2017 Supplementary Budget Estimates.
One document was released in full.

Document 1​​ PDF [98 KB]

 
FOI2014/15-51

FOI2014/15-58
24 October 2016 Former secretary of the department

The applicant requested a copy of a letter from the former secretary of the department to the Deputy Prime Minister.
One document was released in fullThe document is available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI2016/17-1718 October 2016 Department’s social media policy

The applicant requested copies of the department’s social media policies.
Three documents released in full.

Document 1-3​​ PDF [887 KB]

The applicant was also advised of the department’s publicly available Social Media Policy.
FOI2016/17-184 October 2016 Dairy sales statistics

The applicant requested documents containing national dairy sales statistics from 2000-2016.
One document was released in full.

Document 1​​ PDF [82 KB]

The applicant was also advised of publicly available information in the ABARES publication Agricultural Commodity Statistics
FOI2016/17-0421 September 2015 Airport security breaches involving live or dead exotic animals

The applicant requested documents regarding airport security breaches involving live or dead exotic animals from 1 January 2015 to 14 July 2016.
Three documents were released in full, ten documents were released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii),  s37 (1)(b) and s47F(1).

Document 1-6​​ PDF [2.9 MB]
Document 7​​ PDF [6.2 MB]
Document 8-13​​ PDF [139 KB]
Document 14​​ PDF [5.1 MB]

 
FOI2016/17-0629 August 2016The applicant requested one document relating to bovine theileriosisOne document was released in full, with deletions of irrelevant information under s22(1)(a)(ii).

Document 1​​ PDF [120 KB]

 
FOI 2016/17-05​5 September 2016​The applicant requested copies of documents relating to delegation and survey/baggage examination for flight QF12 from Los Angeles arriving in Sydney on 23 June 2016

​Five documents were released in full, with deletions of irrelevant information under s22(1)(a)(ii).

Documents 3-5​​ PDF [4.16 MB]

​Documents 3, 4 and 5 have been published with additional redactions made under s11C(1)(a).
FOI 2015/16-6712 July 2016 E-Logbook devices

The applicant requested copies of documents relating to the introduction of ‘e-logbook’ devices to the department’s lease plan cars.
Three documents were released in full.

Cost Benefit Analysis PDF [71 KB]

Privacy statement PDF [55 KB]

Health & Safety risk assessment PDF [653 KB]

 
FOI 2015/16-5820 June 2016 Submissions to ASEL review

The applicant requested copies of submissions by AQIS Accredited Veterinarians to the review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).
One document was released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii). Five documents were exempt in full under s45(1).

Document 6 PDF [308 KB]

 
FOI 2015/16-1328 January 2016 Agricultural and veterinary chemical labelling

The applicant requested documents between 2009 and 2015 regarding the department’s analysis of additional labelling requirements for hazard and precautionary statements for agricultural and veterinary chemicals introduced by the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.
25 documents were released in full. One document was released in part with deletions under sections 47G(1)(a) and 47G(1)(b). One document was exempt in full under s42(1).

Documents 2-5, 7-9 PDF [4.92 MB]

Documents 11-13, 15-17, 19-21 PDF [4.94 MB]

Documents 22-27 PDF [3.65 MB]

Document 17 has been published with additional redactions made under s11C(1)(b). Documents 1, 6, 14 and 18 have not been published due to exceptions under that section.
FOI 2015/16-296 January 2016 Emergency response to plant pest and disease

The applicant requested a copy of the report prepared by Robert Schwartz, entitled ‘The gaps analysis in preparation for emergency response to plant pest and disease incursions’.
One document was released in full

Document 1 PDF [0.99 MB]

 
FOI 2015/16-056 January 2016 Greyhound Exports

The applicant requested statistics regarding the export of greyhounds to Asia in 2015, ministerial briefs and correspondence between the minister, the department and Greyhounds Australasia.
Twenty two documents were released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii) and s33(a)(iii). 

Document 1-13 PDF [4.99 MB]

Document 14-21 PDF [4.86 MB]

Document 22 PDF [4.34 MB]

 
FOI 2014/15-6330 November 2015 Livestock Shipping Services (LSS)  

The applicant requested copies of LSS’s last Independent Performance Report and correspondence with the office of the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources in 2014 and 2015.
Two documents were released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii) and s47G(1)(a). 

Document 1,2 PDF [1.8 MB]

 
FOI 2014/15-5817 July 2015 Correspondence

The applicant requested copies of particular correspondence between the former Secretary of the department and the Minister for Agriculture or the minister’s staff.
One document was fully exempt under s47C(1).

One document was released in part with deletions under s47F(1).

Document 2 PDF [65 KB]

 
FOI 2014/15-577 September 2015 Australian Grape and Wine Authority

The applicant requested copies of documents sent in 2014 to the Minister for Agriculture by the selection committee for the inaugural board of directors of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.
One document was released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii),  s47C(1) and s47F(1). One document was fully exempt under s47C(1).

Document 1 PDF [2.0 MB]

 
FOI 2014/15-5117 July 2015 Correspondence

The applicant requested copies of correspondence between the former Secretary of the department and the Minister for Agriculture and Minister’s staff between 1 January and 31 March 2015.
Three documents were released in full. One document was fully exempt under s47C(1). Three documents were released in part with deletions under s47F(1).

Documents 1,4,6 & 7 PDF [2.0​ MB]

 
FOI ​2014/15–5019 August 2015 Mechanical fuel thinning

The applicant requested documents about mechanical fuel thinning trials in Victoria associated with the Commonwealth Government’s announcement of $1.5 million funding for the project as part of the National Bush Fire Mitigation Program. 
Nine documents were released in full. Four documents were released in part with deletions under sections 34(3), 47C(1), 47G(1)(a) and 47G(1)(b).

Documents 1-13 PDF [2.0​ MB]

 
​​FOI ​2014/15–4718 June 2015 Rural Food Producers Innovation and Productivity Program (RFPIPP)
The applicant requested documents relating to a grant from 2011-2012 of $2 million under the RFPIPP to Blue Lake Milling at build an oat husking plant at Bordertown, South Australia.
19 documents were released in part on 18 June 2015 with deletions made under section 22(1)(a)(ii):
Blue Lake Milling Part 1PDF [5 MB]

Blue Lake Milling Part 2PDF [5 MB]

 
FOI ​​201​4/15-398 May 2015 Fresh food safety breaches
The applicant requested documents relating to fresh food safety breaches. 
22 documents were released in part with deletions under sections 22(1)(a)(ii) and 47G(1)(a).

Failing Food Reports PDF ​[​3.8 MB]

 
FOI 2014/15-45 8 May 2015 Canned meat
The applicant requested documents that record the quarantine policy and procedures in force from 01 October 2013 to 30 June 2014 for imported canned foods with 5% or more meat content (excluding beef).
4 documents were released to the applicant in full.

6 documents were released to the applicant with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii), s47E(1)(a) and s47E(1)(d).

The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI 2014/15-34 7 April 2015 Marmosets
The applicant requested documents relating to the importation of 37 common marmosets into Australia from France.
1 document was released to the applicant with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii), s45(1), s47F(1) and s47G(1)(a).

1 document was exempt in full under s45(1) and s47G(1)(a).

The document is available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI 2014/15-3031 March 2015
16 April 2015
Potato industry representative bodies
The applicant requested documents relating to potato industry representative bodies.
9 documents were released in part on 31 March 2015.

5 documents were released in part on 16 April 2015.

Deletions were made under sections 22(1)(a)(ii), 45(1), 47C(1), 47E(d), 47F(1), 47G(1)(a) and 47G(1)(b).

3 documents were exempt in full under sections 45(1), 47E(d), 47G(1)(a) and 47G(1)(b).
Potato industry Part 1PDF [1.0 MB]

Potato industry Part 2PDF [2.8 MB]

Potato industry Part 3PDF [3.7 MB]

Please note: 10 documents are an edited version of the documents provided to the applicant due to an exception in sections 11C(1)(a) and 11C(1)(b).​
FOI 2014/15-2230 March 2015 Fraud & Misconduct
The applicant requested documents containing details of substantiated allegations of fraud and/or misconduct within the department which were investigated during 2013/14.

The applicant also asked for documents recording instances of “defective administration” compensation paid by the department during the same period.  

21 documents were released to the applicant with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii).

Fraud & misconduct investigationsPDF [5​ MB]

Defective administration compensation PDF [472 KB]

 
FOI 2014/15-3225 March 2015 Overseas travel allowances and incidentals
The applicant requested details of the department’s overseas travel allowance and incidental expenses for the period July-August 2014.
1 document was released in part with deletions under sections 22(1)(a)(ii), 47E(d) & 47F(1).The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI 2014/15-299 February 2015 Greyhounds
The applicant requested information relating to the total number of greyhounds exported from Australia, specified by destination country, for the year 2014.
1 document released in full.

2014 greyhound export statisticsPDF [112 KB]

 
FOI 2014/15-2010 February 2015 Regional Forest Agreements
The applicant requested documents regarding the extension, rollover or review of the Regional Forest Agreements.
4 documents were released to the applicant in full. 29 documents were released to the applicant in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii), s4​7F(1), s47C(1) and s47E(d).

Documents 1–7 RFA minutes PDF [4.2​ MB]

Documents 8–19 RFA correspondence PDF [5.2 MB]

Documents 20–33 Part 1 RFA key issue briefs PDF [4.6 MB]

Documents 20–33 Part 2 RFA key issue briefs PDF [4.9 MB]

 
FOI 2014/15-0718 December 2014 Mushroom levy
The applicant requested documents relating to the proposal of the Australian Mushroom Growers Association to double the agaricus spawn levy.
1 document was released in full. 

11 documents were released to the applicant in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii), s47F(1), s47C(1), s45(1), s47(1)(b) and s47G(1)(a).

1 document was exempt in full under s47C(1) and s47E(d).

Mushroom levy section 1 correspondence PDF [915 KB]

Mushroom levy section 2 meeting minutes PDF [4.8 MB]

Mushroom levy section 3 Part 1 rate increase proposal PDF [4.3 MB]

Mushroom levy section 3 Part 2 rate increase proposal PDF [3.4 MB]

Mushroom levy section 3 Part 3 rate increase proposal PDF [2.6 MB]

Mushroom levy section 3 Part 4 rate increase proposal PDF [4.6 MB]

Mushroom levy section 3 Part 5 rate increase proposal PDF [3.1 MB]

Six of the documents provided have been published with additional redactions made under s11C(1)(b).
FOI 2014/15-0915 December 2014 Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep
The applicant requested documents relating to the development of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep.
4 documents were released in full. 43 documents were released to the applicant in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii), s47F(1), s47C(1) and s47G(1)(a).

6 documents were exempt in full under s45(1).

Sheep Welfare Standards & Guidelines Part 1 minutes & briefsPDF [5.5 MB]

Sheep Welfare Standards & Guidelines Part 2 project documents & correspondence 
PDF [4.9 MB]

Two of the documents provided have been published with additional redactions made under s11C(1)(b).
FOI 2014/15-2315 December 2014 FOI 2014/15-21 

The applicant requested documents relating to the processing of an earlier FOI request, FOI 2014/15-21.​

7 documents were released in full. 4

 documents were released to the applicant in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii).

The documents are available on request by contacting the FOI Officer.
FOI 2014/15-1427 November 2014 Yellow tang parasite
The applicant requested documents and statistics in relation to the seizure of yellow tangs with a grub on their fins.
8 documents were released to the applicant in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii). 

Documents 01–08. Yellow tang parasites PDF [811 KB]

Five of the documents provided have been published with additional redactions made under s11C(1)(b).
FOI 2014/15-1128 October 2014 National Forest Policy Statement
The applicant requested documents in relation to the proposed revision of the National Forest Policy.
2 documents were released to the applicant in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii) and s47C(1).

National Forest Policy Statement briefs PDF [324 KB]

 
FOI 2013/14-6324 July 2014 Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
The applicant requested information regarding the conditions applied to British cattle in 1990 under the terms of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) quarantine surveillance.
A decision was made in relation to 8 documents.

2 documents were released to the applicant in full and 5 documents in part on 24 July 2014.

Deletions were made under s22(1)(a)(ii),  s47F(1), s47B(a) and s47B(b).

Note 1 document has not been released as it remains subject to third party review rights.

The department’s search was restricted to four hardcopy files, chosen by the applicant from a list previously provided under FOI 2013/14-55. All 4 files were opened in 1990.
FOI 2013/14-5123 July 2014 Live Animal Export
The applicant requested documents held by the department in relation to the voyage of MV Bader III to Qatar and the UAE in August and September 2013.
12 documents were released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii), s47F(1), s47(1)(b) and 47G(1)(a).

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 1 PDF [4.3 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 2 PDF [4.9 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 3 PDF [4.9 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 4 PDF [4.4 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 5 PDF [4.6 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 6 PDF [4.7 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 7 PDF [5.0 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 8 PDF [4.9 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 9 PDF [4.9 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 10 PDF [4.5 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 1a PDF [4.5 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 12 PDF [4.5 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 13 PDF [4.8 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 14 PDF [4.6 MB]

Live animal export on MV Bader III Part 15 PDF [5.2 MB]

 
FOI 2013/14-3524 December 2013 Specific Pathogen Free Eggs
The applicant requested information relating to a decision to assign priority B to an application for a Risk Analysis for the importation of Specific Pathogen Free Eggs from the United States of America.
Five documents released in part, with deletions made under section 22(1)(a)(ii), and one document released in full. 
FOI 2012.13–6320 June 2013 Grain export inspection
The applicant requested departmental work procedures, manuals, guidelines etc.​ outlining what a departmental officer must have done when inspecting chickpeas before export to India between 2005 and 2009.
Two documents released in full and four released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii) and s47F(1). 
FOI 2012.13-3218 March 2013
6 September 2013
25 October 2013
5 December 2013
4 April 2014
9 January 2015
Live Animal Export
The applicant requested documents relating to the voyage of the MV Ocean Drover in August and Septemb​er 2012.
4 documents released on 6-Mar-13 in part, 14 documents released on 6-Sep-13 in part, 37 documents released on 25-Oct-13 in part and 52 documents released on 5-Dec-13 in part. 1 document released on 4/4/2014 in part. 2 documents released on 9-Jan-2015 in part.

Deletions made under s22(1)(a)(ii), s33(a)(iii), s33(b), s47(1)(b), s47F(1) and s47G(1)(a).

Please note that the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner deferred release of some documents on 24-Nov-2014.​

 
FOI 2012.13-1124 December 2012 Forestry
The applicant requested information relating to Aprin Pty Ltd’s application and assessment for an exit grant under the Tasmanian Intergovernmental Agreement Contractors Voluntary Exit Grants Program (IGACEP).
20 documents released in part with deletions under s22(1)(a)(ii), s47F(1), s47G(1)(a), and s47G(1)(b).
Documents 1–20 PDF [2.1 MB]
 
FOI 2011.12-5421 June 2012 Forestry managed investment schemes
The applicant requested correspondence held by the department in relation to Forestry managed investment schemes (MIS).
6 documents released in full. 11 documents released in part with deletions under s47F(1) and s47G(1)(a).

Documents 1–17 PDF [4.2 MB]

 
FOI 2011.12-3531 March 2012 Forestry agreements
The applicant requested documents relating to Deeds of Agreement between the Commonwealth and grant recipients under the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement from 2005-2007.
10 documents released in full. 22 documents released in part with deletions under s34(3), s42(1) and s47F(1).

Documents 1–32 PDF [4.9 MB]

 
FOI 2011.12-1019 September 2011 Gunns proposed pulp mill
The applicant requested documents in connection with an agreement on the Tasmanian forests, relating to compensating Gunns Limited for having decided to exit native forests production and/or give up its wood supply quotas.
4 documents released in full. 

1 document released in part with deletions under s22.

Documents 1–5 PDF [14.1 MB]

 
FOI 2010.11-578 September 2011 Gunns proposed pulp mill
The applicant requested documents relating to potential Joint Venture Partner, financier, investor and/or investment by any third party for the Gunns Ltd proposed pulp mill.
5 documents released in full. 19 documents exempted in full under s45 and s47.

Documents 1–24 ​​PDF [280 KB]

 
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