FOI Disclosure Log

Freedom of Information Act 1982

Publicly available information released following an FOI access request

The Federal Court is required by section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.

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2020

FOI Reference
number
Date of accessFOI requestInformation published
in the disclosure log
Other information

PA2925-06/13

29 October 2020

Request 1

A request was made for the Australia Public Service Commissioner's representative's certificate of compliance for each of the selection processes to:

  • recruit each ongoing and non-ongoing SES employee from outside the Australian Public Service (APS) from 1 July 2016 to 14 June 2020 into the 'single administrative entity';
  • promote each ongoing and non-ongoing APS employee (including an SES employee) from within the APS to an SES position in the ‘single administrative entity’ from 1 July 2016 to 14 June 2020; and
  • transfer each ongoing and non-ongoing SES employee from another public service agency to the  ‘single administrative entity’ from 1 July 2016 to 14 June 2020.

Request 2

A request was made for any and all documents containing the "correct policy and procedures for merit selection" that the panel members certified that they had followed during the selection processes referred to in Request 1.

Request 3

A request was made to grant access to the documents that had been granted access to as part of request PA2925-06/10, but with the redactions to the names of members of the selection advisory committees removed.

A schedule (pdf, 243 kb) of the documents granted access to was provided to the applicant.

Request 1

Access was granted to the Australian Public Service Commissioner's representative's certificates of compliance (pdf, 1.5 mb).

Request 2

Access was granted to a human resource management policy titled Recruitment, Selections and Engagement of Employees (pdf, 405 kb).

Request 3

The following documents were granted access to:

Document 1 (pdf, 156 kb): SAC Report – National Appeals Registrar;

Document 2 (pdf, 1.53 mb): SAC Report – Deputy National Operations Registrar;

Document 3 (pdf, 639 kb): SAC Report – Deputy Principal Registrar and National Family Law Registrar (and accompanying email);

Document 4 (pdf, 743 kb): SAC Report – Executive Director, People, Culture & Communications;

Document 5 (pdf, 1.26 mb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar;

Document 6 (pdf, 850 kb): SAC Report – National Judicial Registrar (Native Title);

Document 7 (pdf, 1.18 mb): SAC Report – National Director, Court and Tribunal Services;

Document 8 (pdf, 573 kb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar;

Document 9 (pdf, 4.77 mb): SAC Report – Principal, Child Dispute Services;

Document 10 (pdf, 4 mb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar – Federal Criminal Jurisdiction (and accompanying email);

Document 11 (pdf, 698 kb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar; and

Document 12 (pdf, 409 kb): SAC Report – National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar, Victoria.

The documents granted access to in response to Request 3 were redacted, in accordance with s 22 of the FOI Act, to exclude exempt information under subsections 47E(c) and 47F(1) and/or irrelevant information.

PA2926-06/12

30 September 2020

In the 2018-2019 annual report of the Federal Court of Australia, a member of the Federal Court Statutory Agency was recorded as making $305,175 per annum. That member of the Federal Court Statutory Agency was recorded as being an Executive Level 2 (EL2) employee.

A request was made for:

  1. a copy of the notification of the EL2 vacancy published in the public service gazette that the person making $305,175 had been engaged to fill;

  2. a copy of the initial assigned duties of the EL2 employee who was making $305,175 in the 2018-2019 financial year;

  3. copies of all subsequent assigned duties of the EL2 APS employee who was making $305,175 in the 2018-2019 financial year;

  4. a copy of the completed role evaluation template (found in the Australian Public Service Role Evaluation Tool document issued by the Australian Public Service Commission) relating to the role of the person who was earning $305,175 in the 2018-2019 reporting year whilst he or she was earning that amount;

  5. if a copy of the completed role evaluation template could not be produced, any and all evidence collected (including job descriptions, position descriptions, evidence from an incumbent, evidence from the incumbent's supervisor, evidence from business plans, interviews, evidence from other stakeholders, clients, peers and any other information sources) to conduct an assessment of the EL2 position which the person making $305,175 in the 2018-2019 reporting year was the occupant;

  6. documents recording the process of analysis (i.e. the assessment and measurements against established criteria), including any records of correspondence between the assessor and others in the single administrative entity and any records of reasoning and justification, as well as documents recording the details of the person responsible for the process of analysis;

  7. any documents that demonstrate that the role which the person making $305,175 in the 2018-2019 reporting year was working in was reclassified;

  8. all internal administrative or policy documents and guidance materials that the Agency Head or delegates of the Agency Head consider before they decide to offer individual flexibility arrangements to employees of the single administrative entity;

  9. all internal administrative or policy documents and guidance materials that the Agency Head or delegates of the Agency Head consider before issuing agency determinations; and

  10. correspondence sent and received by the Agency Head, delegates of the Agency Head for the purposes of the Public Service Classification Rule 2000 and personnel whose primary functions include supporting the single administrative entity and the Federal Court with human resources work that records any concerns or comments that paying the person earning $305,175 in the 2018-2019 reporting year that amount of money would be appropriate based on the work value of the EL2 position.

The following documents were released:

Document 1 (pdf, 347 kb): (undated) Position details for Chief Information Officer;

Document 2 (pdf, 739 kb): (undated) Interview notes signed by Executive Director of Corporate Services and Director of People, Culture and Communications;

Document 3 (pdf, 2.3 mb): (undated) Notes on referee report authored by Director of People, Culture and Communications;

Document 4 (pdf, 460 kb): 2018 11 22 - Email from Mr Soden to Mr Moy regarding interview conducted by Mr Soden; and

Document 5 (pdf, 1.9 mb) Australian Public Service Commission Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018.

All documents that were granted access to were granted access to in full, except for Document 3, where:

  • the name of a referee was redacted on account of the name being personal information that was irrelevant to the FOI request; and
  • an employee’s mobile telephone number was redacted.

PA2925-06/11

4 September 2020

A request was made for a document containing the names of associates who worked for Judges of the Federal Court between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2019.

The documents released was a list of names (pdf, 78 kb) of associates who worked for Judges of the Federal Court between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2019

PA2925-06/10

13 August 2020

A request was made for the record of, or a formal statement of reasons for, a final decision given in exercise of a power to:

  • recruit each ongoing and non-ongoing SES employee from outside the Australian Public Service (APS) from 1 July 2016 to 14 June 2020 into the 'single administrative entity';
  • promote each ongoing and non-ongoing APS employee (including an SES employee) from within the APS to an SES position in the ‘single administrative entity’ from 1 July 2016 to 14 June 2020; and
  • transfer each ongoing and non-ongoing SES employee from another public service agency to the ‘single administrative entity’ from 1 July 2016 to 14 June 2020.

The documents for release were redacted Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) Reports.

A schedule (pdf, 128 kb)of the released documents was provided to the applicant.

The following documents were released:

Document 1 (pdf, 154 kb): SAC Report – National Appeals Registrar;

Document 2 (pdf, 154 kb): SAC Report – Deputy National Operations Registrar;

Document 3 (pdf, 1 mb): SAC Report – Deputy Principal Registrar and National Family Law Registrar (and accompanying email);

Document 4 (pdf, 776 mb): SAC Report – Executive Director, People, Culture & Communications;

Document 5 (pdf, 2.4 mb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar;

Document 6 (pdf, 1.1 mb): SAC Report – National Judicial Registrar (Native Title);

Document 7 (pdf, 3.2 mb): SAC Report – National Director, Court and Tribunal Services;

Document 8 (pdf, 217 kb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar;

Document 9 (pdf, 4.9 mb): SAC Report – Principal, Child Dispute Services;

Document 10 (pdf, 5.4 mb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar – Federal Criminal Jurisdiction (and accompanying email);

Document 11 (pdf, 1.2 mb): SAC Report – Senior National Judicial Registrar; and

Document 12 (pdf, 435 kb): SAC Report – National Judicial Registrar & District Registrar, Victoria.

All documents released were redacted, in accordance with s 22 of the FOI Act, to exclude exempt information under subsections 47E(c) and 47F(1) and/or irrelevant information.

PA2925-06/9

11 August 2020

A request was made for:

  • documents that list the names, SES ranks (e.g. SES1, SES2 or SES 2), position titles (e.g. judicial registrar), primary locations of occupation (e.g. Sydney), employment status (e.g. full time, ongoing) for the 15 SES employees referred to in the 2018-2019 annual report; and
  • assuming the SES employee was employed by the 'single administrative entity' during the 2018-2019 financial year and / or between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020, any documents that contain the following information:
    • the name of the SES employee;
    • the SES rank of the SES employee ;
    • the position title of the SES employee ;
    • the primary location of employment of the SES employee;
    • the employment status of the SES employee;
    • if the SES employee retired, resigned or was terminated in the 2018-2019 financial year and / or between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020, the date of retirement, resignation or termination and the reason; and
  • assuming the SES employee transferred into the 'single administrative entity' from another agency in the Australian Public Service during the 2018-2019 financial year and / or between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020, and at the time of transfer was an SES employee, documents that contain the following information:
    • the date of transfer of the SES employee from the first agency into the 'single administrative entity';
    • the name of the first agency from which the SES employee transferred;
    • the name of the SES employee;
    • the SES rank of the SES employee upon transferring into 'single administrative entity';
    • the position title of the SES employee upon transferring into the 'single administrative entity' ;
    • the primary location of employment of the SES employee upon transferring into the 'single administrative entity';
    • the employment status of the SES employee upon transferring into the 'single administrative entity';
    • if the transferred SES employee retired, resigned or was terminated in the 2018-2019 financial year, and or from 1 July 2019 to 12 June 2020, from the 'single administrative entity', the date of retirement, resignation or termination and the reason; and
  • assuming the SES employee was promoted to an SES position in the 'single administrative entity' during the 2018-2019 financial yerear and / or between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020, documents that contain the following information:
    • the date of promotion of the SES employee in the employ of the 'single administrative entity';
    • the name of the SES employee;
    • the SES rank to which the employee was promoted;
    • the rank from which the SES employee was promoted;
    • the position title of the SES employee upon being promoted ;
    • the primary location of employment of the SES employee upon promotion to the SES position in the 'single administrative entity'
    • the employment status of the SES employee upon promotion to the SES position in the 'single administrative entity';
    • the employment status of the SES employee prior to promotion to the SES position in the 'single administrative entity';
    • if the promoted SES employee retired, resigned or was terminated in the 2018-2019 financial year and or from 1 July 2019 to 12 June 2020 from the 'single administrative entity', the date of retirement, resignation or termination and the reason; and
    • assuming the SES employee was recruited from outside the Australian Public Service during the 2018-2019 financial year or between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020, documents that contain the following information:
    • the date the SES employee was first engaged as an SES employee in the 'single administrative entity';
    • the name of the SES employee;
    • the SES rank at which the employee at which the employee was engaged in the 'single administrative entity';
    • the position title of the SES employee upon engagement in the 'single administrative entity';
    • the primary location of employment of the SES employee in the 'single administrative entity';
    • the employment status of the SES employee upon employment in the 'single administrative entity';
    • if the promoted SES employee retired, resigned or was terminated in the 2018-2019 financial year and or between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020 from the 'single administrative entity', the date of retirement, resignation or termination and the reason; and
  • in the 2018-2019 financial year and from 1 July 2019 – 12 June 2020, documents containing the following information:
    • the SES cap of the 'single administrative entity' on 1 July 2018;
    • if the SES cap of the 'single administrative entity' was increased or decreased at any time during the 2018-2019 financial year, the date on which the increase or decrease took effect and the SES cap figure following the increase or decrease;
    • the SES cap of the 'single administrative entity' on 1 July 2019;
    • if the SES cap of the 'single administrative entity' was increased or decreased at any time from 1 July 2019 to 12 June 2020, the date on which the increase or decrease took effect and the SES cap figure following the increase or decrease.

The documents for release included a series of spreadsheets created to provide the information sought by the applicant.

The documents for release excluded exempt matter, i.e. reasons for the employment relationship ending.

Request 1

Request 1 (pdf, 69 kb)’ sets out a list of the names of 15 SES officers referred to in the 2018-2019 annual report of the Federal Court in Appendix 9 of that document and each SES employee’s corresponding SES rank, positions title, location of employment and employment status.

Request 2

Request 2 (pdf, 103 kb)’ contains lists of information about SES employees who constituted the Federal Court statutory agency (for the purposes of the Public Service Act 1999) in the 2018-2019 financial year.

Category A lists the details of SES employees of the Federal Court statutory agency from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Category B lists the details of any SES employees who transferred into the Federal Court statutory agency in the 2018-2019 financial year and were, at the time of transfer, SES employees.

Category C lists the details of any SES employees who were promoted to the SES, with the SES position being part of the Federal Court statutory agency in the 2018-2019 financial year.

Category D lists the details of any SES employees who were recruited to work as part of the Federal Court statutory agency in the 2018-2019 financial year in an SES position.

Request 3

Request 3 (pdf, 102 kb)’ contains lists of information about SES employees who constituted the Federal Court statutory agency in the 2019-2020 financial year (between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020).

Category A lists the details of SES employees who constituted the Federal Court statutory agency from 1 July 2019 to 12 June 2020.

Category B lists the details of any SES employees who transferred into the Federal Court statutory agency between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020 year and were, at the time of transfer, SES employees.

Category C lists the details of any SES employees who were promoted to the SES, with the SES position being part of the Federal Court statutory agency between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020.

Category D lists the details of any SES employees who were recruited to work as part of the Federal Court statutory agency in an SES position between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020.

Request 4

Request 4 (pdf, 78 kb)’ contains lists of information about the ‘SES cap’ that applies to the Federal Court statutory agency.

Category A lists information about the SES cap of the Federal Court statutory agency on 1 July 2018 as well as any changes to the cap in the 2018-2019 financial year.

Category B lists information about the SES cap of the Federal Court statutory agency on 1 July 2019 as well as any changes to the cap between 1 July 2019 and 12 June 2020.

Four discrete FOI requests were made.

Three of those discrete FOI requests were subcategorised.

The documents for release were prepared to accord with the way in which the applicant had articulated the request (by reference to discrete requests and subcategories).

PA2925-06/827 July 2020

A request was made for:

  • documents held by the Federal Court where an SES1 classification has been allocated to a group of duties by the Agency Head or their delegate for each SES1 position created in the 'single administrative entity' from 1 July 2016 to 26 June 2020;
  • documents held by the Federal Court where an SES2 classification has been allocated to a group of duties by the Agency Head or their delegate for each SES2 position created in the 'single administrative entity' from 1 July 2016 to 26 June 2020; and
  • documents held by the Federal Court where an SES3 classification has been allocated to a group of duties by the Agency Head or their delegate for each SES3 position created in the 'single administrative entity' from 1 July 2016 to 26 June 2020.

The documents for release (pdf, 4.4 mb) included:

  1. position details for the role of Executive Director, Court and Tribunal Services (SES1);
  2. position details for the role of Deputy Principal Registrar and National Family Law Registrar (SES1);
  3. a role evaluation record for the role of Deputy Principal Registrar and National Family Law Registrar (SES1);
  4. position details for the role of Executive Director of People, Culture and Communications (SES1);
  5. position details for the role of National Appeals Registrar (SES1);
  6. position details for the role of National Judicial Registrar - Native Title (SES1);
  7. position details for the role of National Judicial Registrar and District Registrar (SES1);
  8. position details for the role of National Judicial Registrar (SES1);
  9. position details for the role of Deputy National Operations Registrar (SES2);
  10. position details for the role of National Director of Court and Tribunal Services (SES2);
  11. a role evaluation record for the role of National Director of Court and Tribunal Services and Development (SES2);
  12. position details for the role of Senior National Judicial Registrar - Federal Criminal Jurisdiction (SES2);
  13. position details for the role of Senior National Judicial Registrar (SES2); and
  14. a role evaluation record for the role of National Judicial Registrar (SES2).

Minor redactions have been made to the documents for release, as described below:

  • the direct contact number for an officer has been redacted from the position details for the role of Deputy Principal Registrar and National Family Law Registrar (SES1).
  • the direct contact number for an officer has been redacted from the position details for the role of National Appeals Registrar (SES1).
  • the direct contact number for an officer has been redacted from the position details for the role of National Judicial Registrar and District Registrar (SES1).
  • the direct contact number for an officer has been redacted from the position details for the role of National Judicial Registrar (SES1).
  • the direct contact number for an officer has been redacted from the position details for the role of Deputy National Operations Registrar (SES2).
  • the direct contact number for an officer has been redacted from the position details for the role of Senior National Judicial Registrar (SES2).

 

2019

FOI Reference
number
Date of accessFOI requestInformation published
in the disclosure log
Other information
PA2925-06/729 August 2019A request was made by the applicant for:
  • all documents identified as “Request for Additional Information – Implied by Your Correspondence”;
  • documents in regard to the Court’s standard practices for the management of information associated with CCTV footage captured in the Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building;
  • documents which shed light on questions asked and/or statements made in part 7, 8, 9 and 10 of Annexure A (published as Annexure A of disclosure PA2925-06/7);
  • documents which are subject to specific records authorities, the Administrative Functions Disposal Authority (published by the National Archives of Australia) and other disposal authorities mentioned in part 11 of Annexure A (published as Annexure A of disclosure PA2925-06/7);
  • all documents relevant to the Court’s compliance with the Administrative Functions Disposal Authority, the Archives Act 1983 (Cth) and the records authorities mentioned in part 11 of Annexure A (published as Annexure A of disclosure PA2925-06/7); and
  • documents regarding the information registrars, or other officers of the Court, must cause to be entered on a file of a proceeding in the Court when a registrar rejects documents lodged by an applicant or his, her or its legal representative.
A decision letter (pdf - 2.6 mb) from a Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia to which was annexed: Annexure A – an attachment to the applicant’s email of 30 July 2019 setting out the details of his request for documents; Annexure B – the Federal Court Records and Document Management Manual; Annexure C – the Federal Court Records Authority (guide to sentencing physical court files); and Annexure D – the Refuse to File Register and Rejected Document Policy Recommendation. Access was granted in full to Annexure D. Access was granted in part to Annexures B and C. Pursuant to section 47F of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of Federal Court staff members were redacted from Annexures B and C.

 

2018

FOI Reference
number
Date of accessFOI requestInformation published
in the disclosure log
Other information

PA2925-06/6

29 October 2018

A request for any communications, documents, directions, memoranda and / or e-mails sent from or to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court and / or the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of the Federal Court since 30 May 2018 relating to "assisting the Parliament" in its consideration of proposed structural reforms to the federal courts.

For the purpose of the request, references to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court and / or the Chief Executive Office and Principal Registrar were to be construed as including personnel (such as executive assistants, associates or chambers or office staff) authorised to send or receive communication on their behalf.

For the purpose of the request, "assisting the Parliament" included (but was not limited to) communicating or meeting with parliamentarians, making individual or collective submission to Senate Inquiries and / or appearing before Senate Inquiries.

An email sent on 28 August 2018 (pdf - 159kb) to the Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Court (in his capacity as Acting Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Family Court of Australia) by the Secretary of the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee.

The email referred to in the adjacent column was released in full on 29 October 2018.
PA2925-06/524 September 2018

Documents relating to a complaint of alleged racism lodged by an officer of the Court against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) generally and specific allegations made against two named officers assisting the NNTT, which were subsequently referred to two external reviewers to conduct an 'environmental scan' of the NNTT and to provide a report of their findings to the Federal Court. The 'environmental scan' also involved a review of bullying in the Federal Court and the NNTT with the following materials being used as sources for the external reviewers:

  • All materials supplied to the reviewers by the Court and other third parties
  • Transcripts of interviews conducted by the reviewers and any related notes of the investigations made by them
  • All correspondence and notes of communications between the Court and the reviewers relating to the environmental scan and the subsequent report
  • All reports, including drafts, prepared by the reviewers and provided to the Court.
  • Materials created in relation to the appointment of the reviewers, including any directions, terms of reference and briefing materials.
  • Correspondence between all or any of the Federal Court's Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar, Executive Director Corporate Services and Executive Director People Culture and Communications or from or to any of them and any NNTT or Attorney-General's Department personnel relating to the work conducted by the reviewers, as well as the initial complaint and, particularly, all documents relating to that complaint including any correspondence leading up to it between the person who lodged the complaint and the Executive Director People Culture and Communications.
It was agreed that all telephone numbers and email addresses be redacted from any emails and letters to which access is granted.
A schedule of the documents released in full, with redactions as agreed and with redactions to delete exempt matter on this request (pdf -212 kb).

The documents or any of them are available on request from the Court's FOI Contact Officer who can be contacted by email at foi@fedcourt.gov.au.
Access was granted in full (subject to agreed redactions of contact details) to 347 documents and to an additional 8 documents with matter exempt under sections 47C, 47F, 47G(c) and/or 47G(1)(a) of the FOI Act redacted under section 22 of that Act.
PA2925-06/4
26 March 2018
Email correspondence between the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Federal Court and the Australian Public Service Commissioner from 1 January 2015 to 23 February 2018.1. A letter to the FOI applicant from the Deputy Principal Registrar of the Federal Court (pdf - 482 kb);

2. An set of email correspondence between the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Federal Court and the Australian Public Service Commissioner from 1 January 2015 to 23 February 2018 (pdf - 8.8 mb); and

3. A schedule of documents released pursuant to the FOI request, including reasons for any exemptions claimed (pdf - 136 kb).
Email correspondence released with redactions.
PA 2925/06-312 March 2018(a) A copy of any document or thing of an administrative character related to Andrew Garrett from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2015; and

(b) A copy of any document or thing of an administrative character relating to complaints against the judiciary and the registrars of the Court who have been involved in proceedings related to Andrew Garrett, excluding complaints made by Mr Garrett and the Court responses to Mr Garrett's complaints; and

(c) A copy of any document or thing of an administrative character that summarises the number of complaints and the Court's responses to those complaints referred to in (b) above.

Decision letter dated 12 March 2018 (pdf - 4.7 mb)

File note related to the decision letter of 12 March 2018 (pdf - 378 kb)









FOI Requests made by Andrew Morton Garrett from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2015 (pdf - 22.5 mb)

1. Email from Andrew Garrett addressed to Justice Pagone containing an FOI request – 06 March 2015

2. Email from Andrew Garrett addressed to the Victorian District Registry of the Federal Court of Australia containing an FOI request – 06 March 2015

3. Email from Andrew Garrett addressed to Chief Justice Allsop containing an FOI request – 06 March 2015

4. Email from Andrew Garrett addressed to Justice Davies containing an FOI request – 06 March 2015

5. Email from Andrew Garrett addressed to Justice Beach containing an FOI request – 12 March 2015

6. Email from Andrew Garrett addressed to Justice Mortimer containing an FOI request – 12 March 2015

7. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 16 March 2015

8. Email addressed to the Federal Court's External FOI mailbox – 21 May 2015

9. Email from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 26 May 2015

10. Letter from Registrar Murray Belcher to Andrew Garrett – 03 June 2015

11. Letter from Registrar Murray Belcher to Registrar John Mathieson – 03 June 2015

12. Letter from Registrar Tim Luxton to Andrew Garrett – 19 June 2015

13. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 30 June 2015

14. Email from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 13 July 2015

15. Email from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 14 July 2015

16. Letter from Registrar Tim Luxton to Andrew Garrett – 21 July 2015

17. Letter from Registrar Tim Luxton to Andrew Garrett – 27 July 2015

18. Email from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 12 August 2015

19. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 12 August 2015

20. Email from Andrew Garrett Registrar John Mathieson – 17 August 2015

21. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 25 August 2015

22. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 14 September 2015

23. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 25 September 2015

24. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 04 October 2015

25. Email from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 14 October 2015

26. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 15 October 2015

27. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 21 October 2015




  Applications for compensation made by Andrew Morton Garrett from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2015 (pdf - 4.7 mb)

1. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 19 August 2015

2. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 25 August 2015

3. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 14 September 2015†

4. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 04 October 2015

5. Email from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 14 October 2015

†Documents released pursuant to the decision of John Mathieson on 14 September 2015

A. Email from Andrew Garrett to the Victorian District Registry – 27 June 2015

B. Letter from the Principal Registry of the Federal Court to Andrew Garrett – 10 July 2015

C. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 14 July 2015

D. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar Tim Luxton – 15 July 2015

E. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 15 July 2015

F. Email from Andrew Garrett to the mailbox of the Victorian District Registry, Vincent Tavolaro of the AGS and Registrar John Mathieson – 16 July 2015

G. Email from Andrew Garrett to the mailbox of the Victorian District Registry and to Registrar John Mathieson – 21 July 2015

H. Email from Andrew Garrett to the mailbox of the Victorian District Registry and to Registrar John Mathieson – 22 July 2015

I. Email from Andrew Garrett to the mailbox of the Victorian District Registry and to Registrar John Mathieson – 22 July 2015

J. Email from Andrew Garrett to the mailbox of the Victorian District Registry and to Registrar John Mathieson – 23 July 2015K. Confidential email from law firm to Registrar John Mathieson – 28 July 20151

L. Confidential email from partner at law firm to Registrar John Mathieson – 29 July 20152

M. Confidential email from senior associate at law firm to Registrar John Mathieson – 31 July 20153

N. Confidential email from Registrar John Mathieson to a partner, senior associate and graduate at law firm, sent by a secure link – 31 July 20154

O. Ten electronic receipt notifications, two of which were duplicates, sent from the electronic mailbox of senior associate at law firm to Registrar John Mathieson – 31 July 20155

P. Undelivered mail notification received by Registrar John Mathieson from law firm – 31 July 20156

O. Five electronic receipt notifications, two of which were duplicates, sent from the electronic mailbox of a law graduate at a law firm to Registrar John Mathieson – 31 July 20157

R. Confidential email from Registrar John Mathieson to senior associate at law firm – 31 July 20158

S. Confidential email from senior associate at law firm to Registrar John Mathieson (attaching confidential email from John Mathieson to a partner, senior associate and graduate at law firm, sent by a secure link on 31 July 2015) – 31 July 20159

T. Thirteen electronic receipt notifications, five of which were duplicates, sent from the electronic mailbox of partner at law firm to Registrar John Mathieson – 31 July 201510

U. Confidential file note prepared by John Mathieson based on a telephone conference that was had with a partner, senior associate and law graduate at law firm – 14 August 201511

V. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 17 August 2015

The documents released pursuant to the decision of Registrar John Mathieson in his letter of 14 September 2015 are included as an ancillary set of documents under the subheading 'documents released pursuant to the decision of John Mathieson on 14 September 2015'. Unless otherwise indicated in this column, full access was given to the documents requested. Where a superscripted number appears in the 'Information published in the disclosure log' column, that superscripted number refers to the commentary provided below, in this column.

1 Access was provided to an edited copy of the email sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copy was redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

Access was not provided to a confidential attachment to the email. The attachment was a letter. The letter contained business and/or professional information, disclosure of which was, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

It was not reasonably practicable to prepare an edited version of the letter.

2 Access was provided to an edited copy of the email sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copy was redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

The email that was sent to Registrar John Mathieson from the law firm on 29 July 2015 had attached to it a copy of the letter referred to in (1) above. Access was not provided to that letter as it was confidential.

The letter contained business and/or professional information, disclosure of which was, on balance, contrary to the public interest.

It was not reasonably practicable to prepare an edited version of the letter.

3 Access was provided to an edited copy of the email sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copy was redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

4 The email sent from Registrar John Mathieson to a partner, senior associate and graduate at a law firm had attached to it documents A, B, C, D, E and H (referred to in the column to the left) along with copies of a Department of Finance Resource Management Guide No. 409 and a Commonwealth Ombudsman Fact Sheet 9.

Access was granted in full to the aforementioned attached documents.

Access was not provided to the confidential email from Registrar John Mathieson to a partner, senior associate and graduate at a law firm, sent on 31 July 2015 on the ground of legal professional privilege.

5 Access was provided to edited copies of the notifications sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copies were redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

6 Access was provided to an edited copy of the undelivered mail notification sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copy was redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

7 Access was provided to edited copies of the undelivered mail notification sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copies were redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

8 Access was provided to an edited copy of the email sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copy was redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

9 Access was provided to an edited copy of the email sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copy was redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

Access was not provided to the attached confidential email from Registrar John Mathieson to a partner, senior associate and graduate at a law firm, sent on 31 July 2015, on the ground of legal professional privilege.

10 Access was provided to edited copies of the undelivered mail notifications sent from the law firm to Registrar John Mathieson. The edited copies were redacted to exclude exempt personal information and irrelevant data.

11 Access was not provided to the confidential file note made by Registrar John Mathieson on 14 August 2015, on the ground of legal professional privilege.






Applications for test case funding made by Andrew Morton Garrett from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2015 (pdf - 5.1 mb)

1. Email from Andrew Garrett to Registrar John Mathieson – 25 September 2015

2. Email from Registrar John Mathieson to Andrew Garrett – 15 October 2015








Application on behalf of the Federal Court made to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner seeking a vexatious applicant declaration (pdf - 10.8 mb)

1. Joint letter from Registrar John Mathieson (of the Federal Court of Australia) and Registrar Adele Byrne (of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – 12 October 2015

2. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – 21 October 2015

3. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – 09 November 2015

4. Letter from Registrar John Mathieson to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – 10 November 2015



PA 2925/06-2

26 February 2018

A copy of any document or thing of an administrative character related to Andrew Garrett (including entities related to Andrew Garrett) from 22 January 2016 to 16 December 2017.

(a) Decision letter dated 26 February 2018 (pdf - 3.3 mb);

(b) A compilation of documents released pursuant to the decision recorded in the letter dated 26 February 2018 (pdf - 3.5 mb); and

(c) File note related to the decision letter dated 26 February 2018 (pdf - 421 kb).

The compilation of documents released pursuant to the decision recorded in the letter dated 26 February 2018 have been redacted in line with the file note published.

PA2925-06/1
25 January 2018
Documents relating to an article in the Australian Financial Review on 23 April 2016 entitled 'Fed Court rebukes Tax Commissioner'.An email chain containing a statement from the Federal Court highlighting consultation with stakeholders, including the Commissioner of Taxation about the Court's National Practice Areas, of which taxation is an integral part. (pdf - 1.3 mb)Document released without deletions.

 

2017

FOI Reference
number
Date of accessFOI requestInformation published
in the disclosure log
Other information
PA2925-04
26 September 2017
Documents relating to a complaint made in respect of an alleged illegal search of the applicant's personal property when seeking to enter Court premises.Five documents, consisting of four separate email chains and a letter of correspondence from the Court in response to one of those emails (pdf - 545 kb)It was decided that it would be unreasonable to disclose the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of individuals.

 

Note: In relation to the Federal Court, the FOI Act only applies to documents which relate to matters of an administrative nature (see section 5). You can find further information about access to:

The FOI Act also requires the Federal Court to proactively publish a range of information under the Information Publication Scheme (IPS).You can find further information about the Federal Court's IPS on the Information Publication Scheme pages of this website.

Information about making a FOI access request to the Federal Court in relation to documents which relate to matters of an administrative nature can be found on the Freedom of Information requests page of this website.