We will acknowledge your request within 14 calendar days of receipt and will endeavour to process your request within 30 calendar days. We may need to consult with a third party because, for example, the documents you seek access to contain personal information about a third party. The time for processing your request may be extended by an additional 30 calendar days in these circumstances.
On the following grounds:
You will be asked to provide sufficient evidence about your financial position to allow the department to make its determination (for example, evidence of pension or income support payments).
You should outline how the giving of access to the document/s is in the general public interest or in the interest of a substantial section of the public.
'Personal information' means any information or opinion about an identified, or reasonably identifiable, individual.
The collection of personal information by the Department of Agriculture in relation to this form is authorised under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for the purposes of processing your FOI request and related purposes. If you do not provide a valid electronic or postal address, the department will be unable to process your FOI request.
Personal information may be disclosed to other Australian agencies where it is necessary to assist with the processing of your request, provided the disclosure is consistent with relevant laws, in particular the Privacy Act 1988. It will not be disclosed to any other third parties except where you provide your consent, or disclosure is required by law. Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Privacy Principles.
By completing and submitting this form you consent to the collection of all personal information, including sensitive personal information, which you choose to provide. (‘Sensitive personal information’ means any information or opinion about an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinion or association, religious beliefs or affiliations, philosophical beliefs, sexual preferences or practices, trade or professional associations and memberships, union membership, criminal record, health or genetic information and biometric information or templates.)
To contact the department about your personal information or to make a complaint:
Telephone: Switchboard +61 2 6272 3933
Privacy Contact Officer,
Department of Agriculture
GPO Box 858,
Canberra ACT 2601
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