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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  • Personal information about any person if publication of that information would be 'unreasonable'
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FOI reference no. Date of access FOI request Information published in the disclosure log Description of document
17/18-097 17 April 2018

A document showing:

The number of current age pensioners whose payment is determined under the asset test and who have an assessable amount for curtilage adjacent to their principal home on their record at 31 December 2017.

The number of age pensioners who have had their payment cancelled due to the application of the assets tests and at the time of cancellation had an assessable amount for curtilage on their record between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017.

FOI decision:

  • One document released in full

A document created under section 17 of the FOI Act.

FOI Request No. 17/18-097 Document [PDF 85 KB]
17/18-086 21 March 2018 All documents on the file titled ‘briefing on the outcome of the Whole of Government Debt Strategy Review in September 2017 (EF17/35266)’ FOI decision:
  • Seven documents released in full
Documents 1 to 7 – emails from Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office, and internal emails to coordinate a response
FOI Request No. 17/18-086 Document [PDF 10.2 MB]
17/18-085 16 March 2018 [Item 1] A copy of the summary checklist required for submission of requirements under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

FOI decision:

  • One document released in full.
Document 1 – NRAS Participant Portal Quick Reference Guide
FOI Request No. 17/18-085 Document [PDF 1.4 MB]
17/18-080 13 March 2018 Documents in the last twelve months on the demand for the Carer Adjustment Payment and the granting of such assistance.

FOI decision:

  • Fifty documents released in full.
Documents 1 to 50 - Weekly CAP Work Status Reports dated between 31 March 2017 and 01 February 2018.
FOI Request No. 17/18-080 Document [PDF 5.16 MB]
17/18-079 1 March 2018 [Item 1] A copy of the impact assessment carried out by DSS and Business Information Services into the breach of DSS employee information identified in October, 2017 by Australian Signals Directorate.

FOI decision:

  • One document released in part.

Document 1 – Impact assessment

FOI Request No. 17/18-079 Document [PDF 4.4 MB]
17/18-075 15 February 2018

All documents which relate to the decision of the Department of Social Services not to send a representative to the conference convened by AbilitySeer

FOI decision:

  • three documents released in full

See attached pdfs files:

 
FOI Request No. 17/18-075 Document [PDF 6.2 MB] Email trail between the General Manager of AbilitySeer and the Department of Social Services and internal departmental emails
Email trail between the General Manager of AbilitySeer and the Department of Social Services and internal departmental emails
Email trial between the General Manager of AbilitySeer and the Department of Social Services and internal departmental emails
17/18-067 12 February 2018 All reports given to the Attorney-General, Attorney-General’s Department or Office of Legal Services Coordination regarding compliance with the Legal Services Directions, including but not limited to annual compliance certificates, for the period 1 July 2015 to present.

FOI decision:

  • Six documents released in part.

Document 1 – Agency Notification Form

Document 2 – Certificate of Compliance and Legal Services Expenditure Report for 2016-17 financial year

Document 3 – Certificate of Compliance and Legal Services Expenditure Report for 2015-16 financial year

Document 4 – Agency Notification Form

Document 5 – Agency Notification Form

Document 6 - Certificate of Compliance and Legal Services Expenditure Report for 2014-15 financial year
FOI Request No. 17/18-067 Document [PDF 14.8 MB]
17/18-065 5 February 2018

The gift register for the Department of Social Services for the previous five years.

Excluding staff names, contact details and signatures.

FOI decision:

  • Three documents released in full.
  • Two documents released in part.

Document 1 – Department of Social Services Central Gift Register and attachments

Document 2 – Gift Register – Payments Policy Group

Document 3 – Gift Register – DSS Regional Offices

Document 4 – Gift Register – International Relations Section

Document 5 – Gift Register – ICC Port Augusta Office
FOI Request No. 17/18-065 Document [PDF 3,500 KB]
17/18-071 29 January 2018

Item 1: A previous FOI request confirmed over 40 people are exempt from the cashless welfare card. What are the following demographics of those with current exemptions:

Indigenous / Non Indigenous status
Age
Sex
Payment type
Housing status

Item 2: With over 40 people being granted exemption from the cashless welfare card trials, I would like to request the procedural guidelines for assessing this exemption.

Item 3: Please provide the procedure or guidelines used when assessing how rent assistance is paid to those who are subjected to the cashless welfare card, if rent assistance does form part of the 80/20 split please also provide evidence of rent assistance being included as a restrict-able payment within the allowing legislation or instrument.

FOI decision:

  • One document released in full.
  • One document released in part.

Document 1 - Exemption data
Document 2 - Wellbeing Exemption: Cashless Debit Card Trial

FOI Request No. 17/18-071 Document [PDF 670 KB]  
17/18-061 29 January 2018 Correspondence between the OAIC and the Department of Social Services pertaining to the exposure of DSS staffs' personal information by contractor Business Information Services.

FOI decision:

  • See attached pdf file:
Departmental email correspondence relating to the privacy breach by Business Information Services.
FOI Request No. 17/18-061 Document [PDF 16.4 MB]
17/18-023 22 December 2017 The number of DV incident reports made available to Orima Research for their evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card Trials

FOI decision:

  • Three documents released in full.

See attached pdfs files:

 
Document 1 Wyndham police statistics Feb 15
Document 2 Kununurra  police statistics Feb 2015
Document 3 WA Crime Statistics Kununurra, Wyndham and Derby
17/18-030   National Rental Affordability Scheme documents relating to properties at 56, 58, 60, 62 1and 64 Church street Armadale (Strata Lots 5 to 1)

FOI decision:

  • three documents released in full

See attached PDF files.

 
Document 1 List of dwellings for Church street
Document 2 QHG Change Request Supporting data – 1-GVQ09B
Document 3 QHG Supporting data – 1-GVQ09B – 1-IEQM6R (Albany – Maddington – Armadale)
17/18-043 17 November 2017 How many people currently reside in a postcode declared via instrument to be a trial area for the purposes of the cashless welfare card trails, collect a restrictable declared payment yet are not subjected to the welfare card.

FOI decision:

  • Document 1 created under section 17 of the FOI Act
The number of people currently residing in a Cashless Debit Card Trial area yet not subject to the Cashless Debit Card.
FOI Request No. 17/18-043 Document [DOC 14.9KB]

17/18-019

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 November 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documents such as reports, ministerial/ executive briefings and attachments, Senate Estimates briefings, internal correspondence involving the Department Secretary such as emails, since 1 January 2017, relating to drug testing of welfare recipients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOI decision:

  • Documents 1-16 exempt in full under section 34 of the FOI Act
  • Documents 17 and 21 exempt in part under section 47F
  • Document 22 exempt in part under sections 34, 47C, 47F and 47G of the FOI Act and
  • Documents 18 and 20 released in full. See attached pdfs files:

 

FOI Request No. 17/18-019 Document 17 [PDF 639 KB]

Document 17 - Budget Measure - Tackling Substance abuse by Welfare Recipients

FOI Request No. 17/18-019 Document 18 [PDF 567 KB]

Document 18 - 2017-18 Budget Estimates Hearings - May 2017
Budget Measure - Tackling substance abuse by Welfare Recipients

FOI Request No. 17/18-019 Document 20 [PDF 568 KB]

Document 20 - 2017-18 Budget Estimates Hearings - May 2017 Budget Measure – Tackling Substance Abuse by Welfare Recipients

FOI Request No. 17/18-019 Document 21 [PDF 710 KB]

Document 21 - SS-34 Drug and Alcohol reform – Drug testing, Exemptions and DSP Talking Points

FOI Request No. 17/18-019 Document 22 [PDF 616 KB]

Document 22 – Department of Social Services Secretary Briefing Meeting with Ministers Porter and Tudge 8 August 2017

17/18-032 25 October 2017 The total cost of the cashless debit card trials in Ceduna and the East Kimberley from the beginning until 31 August 2017 and the total projected cost of the rollout of the cashless debit card in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay and the Goldfields.

FOI decision:

  • One document released in full

See attached pdf file

FOI Request No. 17/18-032 - Attachment A
FOI Request No. 17/18-032 - Attachment A
17/18-009 23/08/2017 The number of people who will not receive the Energy Supplement as a result of its abolition for new recipients, by State and by electorate, by 2020 and the number of people currently in the workforce who will be affected by increasing the pension eligibility age to 70.

FOI decision:

  • Three documents released in part with personal information redacted under section 47F of the FOI Act.

See attached pdf file:

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee, Answers to Questions on Notice (26 July 2017), Questions 5-6 and Senate Community Affairs Committee, 2017-18 Budget Estimates Hearings, Answers to Estimates Questions - No: SQ17-000350.

FOI Request No. 17/18-009 Documents
16/17-156 31 August 2017

The Method Report in relation to the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare.

FOI decision:

  • One document released in part with personal information redacted under section 47F of the FOI Act.

See attached pdf file:

Method Report 30 June 2015 Baseline Valuation
FOI Request No. 16/17-156 Document

16/17-146

10 July 2017

Documents that address the possibility of false positives in drug testing of welfare recipients

FOI decision:

  • Two documents released with material removed under section 22 of the FOI Act.

See attached pdfs files:

Overview of proposed legislative approach for drug testing trial and Tackling drug and Alcohol abuse among welfare recipients Questions and Answers.

FOI Request No. 16/17-146 [PDF 164 KB]

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