Hi anotherdsp. Can you tell me where to find the smart form or email form for FOI information from centerlink please, thanks so much having trouble want to be well prepared any advice would be good do I also need information from Medicare ? I need to apply for portability so , and do you know are they taking people off DSP if they don't get portability I am 62 very soon
to pete,there is a link above that should take you to the smartform online to apply for your file?? from what i can understand they cant take you off dsp for applying for the U/P but under the new impairment tables if you dont pass that then they can??
TO PETE, i dont know about medicare records??i think for U/P you need to talk to your doct about it an see what they think about your future prospects?? i also would make sure that u have bullet proof ties to aust would help??
You can submit your request by post, email or you can attend a departmental office but your request must:
be in writing
state that the request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act
provide information about the documents to assist us to process your request
provide an address for reply.
If you ask a third party to make an FOI request on your behalf, you need to provide a specific, written authority to send copies of documents to you care of that person, or to allow that person to inspect copies of documents containing information about you.
Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support programs:
Department of Human Services PO Box 7820 Canberra BC ACT 2610 Email the Department of Human Services
Freedom of Information Officer 126 Greville Street Chatswood NSW 2067 Australian Hearing FOI online request form
Freedom of Information Coordinator CRS Australia Locked Bag 8720 Canberra ACT 2601 Email CRS Australia
Just note also that they are specifically saying that email requests sent between 22/12/2012 - 1/1/2013 will NOT be checked until 2/1/2013 AND they may need to contact you for clarification of your email AND they may need to seek agreement to extend the time to process the request.
And maybe someone can point out the difference but the current FOI requirement for specifying information required seems to me to be more focused than what I recall the previous requirement.
Whether that is because of a change in the legislation or C/L just being 'cute' I am not sure.
And I am not a legal beagle, and I think it would be great if those members that have previously made FOI requests could make comment, but I would suggest the following example, which I am going to use, could be appropriate....
Department of Human Services PO Box 7820 Canberra BC ACT 2610
To whom it may concern
Re: CRN NNN NNN NNN A Medicare NNNN NNNNN N and all prior Numbers back to DD/MM/YYYY Application for the purposes of Freedom of Information Act 1982 Request for Access to Information under Section 15 of the Act
I require a copy of all documents held by you or any other department agency or Minister which is held and been received and recorded and filed in any format from any source at any time.
And further I require a list of those documents that you are not able to supply by whatever exemption in the format, date of document and Act and Section reference exemption.
Such documents are to be supplied to me at, MyName MyStreetAddress MyCity/Town, Postcode
If you require further information in regards to this matter then I can be contacted by email or post at the above addresses.