Disclosure log

From 1 May 2011 DSS is required by s11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on the website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. The publication of such documents must be done within 10 working days of the applicant being given access to the document(s).

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FOI reference no. Date of access FOI request Information published in the disclosure log Description of document
16/17-102 10/03/2017 Release certificates/correspondence certifying that release of information is necessary in the public interest under Section 208 of Social Security (Administration) Act 1991 between 01/01/2017 and 09/02/2017

FOI decision:

  • Three documents released in full (irrelevant material removed under section 22 of FOI Act) and one document released in part under section 47F (personal information).

See attached pdf file:

Clearance request, Public Interest Certificate, Request for Public Interest Certificate and attachments
Document 1-4
16/17-097 21 February 2017 The most recent media Talking Points prepared by the Department

FOI decision:

One document released in part, subject to the removal of irrelevant material under section 22 of the FOI Act, personal information under section 47F of the FOI Act and material which could reasonably be expected to have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient operations of the Department under section 47E of the FOI Act.

See attached pdfs files.

Media Talking Points

FOI Request No. 16/17-097
 
16/17-095 16 February 2017  

FOI decision:

6 documents released in full (irrelevant material removed under section 22 of the FOI Act) and one document exempt in full (under section 47C of the FOI Act).

See attached pdfs files:

Policy development documents for the evaluation and monitoring of the Try Test and Learn Fund.

FOI Request No. 16/17-095
 
16/17-089 2 February 2017 … copies of material created that supports the Minister's claim that: We have found these pockets, and maybe that's being a bit generous, because they are very large pockets, of payment categories and rules that intersect in a way that mean you can earn as much through the welfare system, and I use the word 'earn' advisedly, you can earn as much as you do from working very hard. … created between July 1, 2016 and November 3, 2016. … [and] any documents related to the article Parental welfare pays more than work published in the Australian on October 28, 2016 and the article Myth busted: Stay-at-home parents don't get more than those who work published in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald on October 29 and October 30, 2016

FOI decision:

Seven documents consisting of 19 pages released in part with the removal of personal information and irrelevant material.

See attached PDF file

Documents created between 1 July 2016 and 3 November 2016 that support the Minister's claim that you can earn as much through the welfare system as from working and documents related to the articles Parental welfare pays more than work published in the Australian and Myth busted: Stay-at-home parents don't get more than those who work published in the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
FOI Document 16/17-089 Document 1
16/17-082 2 March 2017

1800RESPECT Reports

FOI decision:

Five documents released in part

See attached pdfs files

 
Document 1

1800RESPECT Quarterly Report

July to September 2015

Document 2

1800RESPECT - Quarterly Report

October to December 2015

Document 3

1800RESPECT - Quarterly Report

January to March 2016

Document 4

1800RESPECT - Quarterly Report

April to June 2016

Document 5

1800RESPECT - Quarterly Report

July to September 2016

16/17-049 15/12/2016
  1. No. of paid parental leave (PPL) recipients by income range;
  2. Estimated no. of PPL recipients who will no longer be eligible for PPL as result of Government’s proposed changes to PPL and their median income;
  3. Estimated no. of PPL recipients who will lose part of their PPL entitlements as result of proposed changes and their median income; and
  4. Estimated no. of PPL recipients who will be unaffected by proposed changes to PPL.

FOI decision:

  • One document created under s17 of FOI Act and released in full.

See attached pdf file:

Table of no. of PPL recipients by income range and responses
FOI Document 16/17-049 Document 1 [PDF 135 KB]
16/17-048

23/12/2016
(Primary decision)

02/02/2017

(Internal review decision)

a) An up-to-date copy of the ‘NRAS Investigations Referrals and Scam Register’ (referred to at footnote 14, p24 of the Australian National Audit Office’s Report No, 23 2016-17) and
b) documents regarding the 32 referrals from DSS’s NRAS Branch to its Investigations Branch (referred to at paragraph 2.24, p24 of the Australian National Audit Office’s report No. 23 2016-17).

FOI decision

25 documents released in full subject to the removal of irrelevant material under section 22 of the FOI Act

NRAS Investigations Referrals and Scam Register and Incident Reports

FOI Request No. 16/17-048 – NRAS – Original Decision [PDF 1.7 MB]
 

Internal Review Decision

25 documents released in part with out of scope material redacted under section 22 of the FOI Act and personal information redacted under section 47F of the FOI Act.

See attached documents


FOI Request No. 16/17-048 – NRAS – Review Decision [PDF 945 KB]
 
16/17-047 12/12/2016

a) Reports after 1 Jan 2016 about groups of people, including international students, homeless people and low-income earners, who access NRAS; and

b) Communications  after 1 Jan 2016 to the federal government about groups of people who access NRAS

FOI decision:

  • Four documents released in full (irrelevant material removed under s.22).

See attached pdf files:

Media enquiry and response, talking points, event brief

FOI Document 16/17-047 Documents 1-4 [PDF 2.378 KB]
 
16/17-039 1 December 2016 The first Report on the 6-month Review of the Cashless Welfare Card Trial submitted by the Department to the Minister's office, excluding information relating to the WA component of the trial.

FOI decision:

  • 1 Document released in part.

See attached pdf file:

Cashless Debit Card Trial Progress Report

FOI Document 16/17-039 Document 1 [PDF 656 KB]
 
16/17-030 14 November 2016 Most recent figures detailing no. of welfare recipients of income support and benefits by payment type and country of birth

FOI decision:

  • One document created under s17 of FOI Act and released in full.

See attached pdf file:

No. of payment type recipients by country of birth table

FOI Document 16/17-030 Document 1 [PDF 847 KB]
 
16/17-021 17 October 2016 PwC and Kruk Reports - Consolidated documents - Redacted

FOI Decision:

Three documents released consisting of 7 pages. See attached PDF file.

Invoices for the cost of the PwC review into the NDIS IT system  and the Robyn Kruk review into the transition readiness of the NDIS.

FOI Document 16/17-021 Document [PDF 482 KB]
 
16/17-018 6 October 2016 The Australian Government’s annual and monthly expenditure on the unemployment benefit and the number of unemployment benefit recipients for the past four financial years.

FOI Decision:

One document released consisting of one page. See attached pdf file.

Attachment C
Newstart (NSA) & Youth Allowance other (YA(o)):
Unemployment benefit recipients receive either NSA or YA(o)

FOI Document 16/17-018 Attachment C [PDF 480 KB]
 
16/17-015 18 October 2016 Documents regarding recruitment and review process for APS 6 State Programme Management, Support and Advice: Service Delivery positions

FOI decision:

  • Ten documents release in full, 37 documents released in part (s47C – deliberative processes, s47F – personal privacy)

See attached pdfs file.

APS notices, Selection Report, Departmental email correspondence, candidate referee reports

FOI Document 16/17-015 Documents 1-47 [PDF 5,662]
 
16/17-011 4 October 2016 The number of payment summaries for the 2015-16 financial year issued to staff after 14 July 2016 and why these payment summaries, issued after 14 July 2016, were not issued on or before 14 July 2016.

FOI Decision:

Six documents released consisting of 21 pages. See attached pdf file.

 

FOI Document 16/17-011 Document [PDF 765 KB]
 

16/17-010

2 September 2016

Please provide a copy of the contract [with Autism CRC] showing precisely what the contractor is to deliver.

Please also provide documents (if any) showing all changes to tender or the subsequent contract relating to the research that was/is contracted.

FOI Decision:

One document, consisting of 8 pages, released subject to the removal of irrelevant material under section 22 of the FOI Act and the exemption of personal information under section 47F of the FOI Act (see attached pdf file).

 


FOI Decision 16/17-010 Document 1 [PDF 861.94 KB]
 
Standard Funding Agreement Schedule – Early Intervention Services for children with Disability Programme

16/17-007

13/09/2016

Current incoming government briefing documents

FOI decision:

  • One document exempt in full under s47C (deliberative processes) and s47E (certain operations of agencies)
  • One document released in part, material redacted is exempt under s47F (personal privacy).
  • One document released in full.
See attached pdf files:
 

FOI Decision 16/17-007 Document 1 [PDF 7.7 MB]
 

Department of Social Services Incoming Government Brief - Departmental Overview.

18 July 2016

FOI Decision 16/17-007 Document 2 [PDF 1.4 MB]
 

Department of Social Services Incoming Government Brief – Outcome Compendium

18 July 2016

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