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Agency FOI Disclosure Logs

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
  • other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

Deletions have been made to the documents in accordance with the exemptions available under the FOI Act.

Prior to establishment of the NIAA on 1 July 2019, the Indigenous Affairs Group within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPM&C) led government policy and programs for First Nations peoples. FOI requests made prior to 1 July 2019 can be accessed at the DPM&C Disclosure Logs.

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FOI reference number Date of access FOI request Documents released Decision
FOI/2324/037 02/02/2024

1. I request the following aggregated data for all financial years inclusive from 2015-16 to 2022-23: 

  1. The total count of all suppliers by ABN who were awarded contracts 
  2. The aggregated value of contracts awarded to all suppliers 
  3. The aggregated value of contracts awarded to each of the top 5 suppliers as ranked by aggregated value of contracts awarded 
  4. The aggregated value of contracts awarded to each of the top 50 suppliers as ranked by aggregated value of contracts awarded 
  5. The aggregated value of contracts awarded to each of the top 100 suppliers as ranked by aggregated value of contracts awarded 
  6. The aggregated value of contracts awarded to each of the top 250 suppliers as ranked by aggregated value of contracts awarded 
  7. The aggregated value of contracts awarded for the remaining suppliers from supplier 251 onwards as ranked by aggregated value of contracts awarded

2. I request a listing of each of the top 100 suppliers ranked by the aggregated value of contracts awarded to each of those 100 suppliers for all financial years inclusive from 2015-16 to 2022-23. The listing should comprise the following data: 

  1. Supplier ABN 
  2. Supplier Name 
  3. Aggregated value of all contracts awarded for the financial years inclusive from 2015-16 to 2022-23 
  4. Rank from largest aggregated value to smallest aggregated value by the aggregated value of all contracts awarded for the financial years inclusive from 2015-16 to 2022-23.

3. I request… 3(d) … (ii) Item 1 be amended to include aggregated values based on bands of Percentage Indigenous Ownership, using the latest data available pertaining to Percentage Indigenous Ownership and applied across all previous contracts for those suppliers. The bands of Indigenous Percentage Ownership requested are: 

  • 50% Indigenous Ownership 
  • Greater than 50% AND Less than or equal to 51% Indigenous Ownership 
  • Greater than 51% AND Less than 100% Indigenous Ownership 
  • 100% Indigenous Ownership 

4. I request copies of the annual table of contracts awarded by Portfolio from Commonwealth Indigenous procurement outcomes reports for the each of the financial years from 2015-16 to 2022-23 as per the reporting obligations specified in chapter 2.5 of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP Guide) December 2020.
 

Released in full
FOI/2324/028 27/11/2023

“copies of all communications between staff at the NIAA and Sky News employees or contractors between 1 June 2023 and September 21, 2023. Communications would include but not be limited to emails, text messages, WhatsApp messages, Signal messages."

Released in part
FOI/2324/017 23/11/2023

The request FOI/2324/017 is for access to the following documents:'I seek access to the following:

  • Correspondence between the National Indigenous Australians Agency and the Northern Land Council regarding compliance of the Top End (Default PBC/CLA) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (ICN 7848) with s141-25 (2) of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth). Correspondence includes emails, letters, briefs, memos, meeting notes and file notes.
  • Correspondence between the National Indigenous Australians Agency and the Minister for Indigenous Australians or her office regarding compliance of the Top End (Default PBC/CLA) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (ICN 7848) with s141-25 (2) of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth). Correspondence includes emails, letters, briefs, memos, meeting notes and file notes.
  • Correspondence between staff of the National Indigenous Australians Agency regarding compliance of the Top End (Default PBC/CLA) Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (ICN 7848) with s141-25 (2) of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth). Correspondence includes emails, letters, briefs, memos, meeting notes and file notes.
  • Please confine your searches to the period from 1 September 2022 to 18 August 2023. Please exclude duplicates and any publicly available material.'

 

Released in part
FOI/2324/023 30/10/2023

“I am requesting all correspondence between NIAA and the applicant in relation to FOI/2223/016."

Released in part
FOI/2324/024 30/10/2023

“I seek any records showing communication between the CEO of the agency, Ms Broun, or her office (eg: a chief of staff, executive officer, executive assistant or secretary); and any of the following:
- the Prime Minister 
- the Prime Minister's Office
- the Minister for Indigenous Australians
- the Office of the Minister for Indigenous Australians.
I only seek records of communications from 7 August 2023 to 9 August 2023 (inclusive). However, I seek all documents within that period, including:
- phone call history
- file notes
- emails
- physical documents
- text messages (whether sent by SMS, WhatsApp, Signal or otherwise). 
I do not seek the name or details of any person in a Ministerial Office below the level of Chief of Staff, or any non-SES officer.”

Released in part
FOI/2324/015 12/10/2023

“I request a copy of any internal correspondence within the National Indigenous Australians Agency that was sent to or received by an SES-level officer, that dates from 7 August 2023 to 9 August 2023 and relates to the full Uluṟu statement of the Heart and/or NIAA FOI 2223/016.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am seeking all written communication regardless of whether by email, letter, SMS, Signal, Whatsapp or other format"

Released in part
FOI/2324/006/IR 05/10/2023
  1. I am requesting the detailed datasets from July 2015 to 30 June 2023 which support the reporting obligations specified in chapter 2.5 of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP Guide) December 2020. For the avoidance of doubt, I am requesting the details of individual contracts awarded to Indigenous enterprises.
  2. I am also requesting, if not already included in the datasets requested in Item 1 above, the following data for all suppliers included in those datasets:
    1. Supplier Name
    2. Supplier ABN
    3. Supplier Percentage Indigenous Ownership
Released in full
FOI/2324/013 08/09/2023

'I request a copy of any correspondence between the NIAA and any of the following:

  • the Prime Minister
  • the Prime Minister’s Office
  • the Minister for Indigenous Australians
  • Staff in the office of the Minister for Indigenous Australians
  • August 2023, relating to the full Uluṟu statement of the Heart and/or NIAA FOI 2223/016.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am seeking all written communication regardless of whether by email, letter, SMS, Signal, Whatsapp or other format.

Noting that messages on various platforms (such as Signal) may from time to time be deleted automatically, I request that you take immediate action to preserve all documents potentially within the scope of this request so that the request can be considered according to law.

I also ask that, in responding to this request, you detail steps taken to ensure that messages were not deleted automatically (eg: through the operation of the “disappearing messages” function on Signal) so that the request is able to be considered according to law.'

Released in part
FOI/2324/014 08/09/2023

'I request a copy of any correspondence between officials in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Indigenous Australians Agency from 7 August 2023 to 9 August 2023 relating to the full Uluṟu statement of the Heart and/or NIAA FOI 2223/016.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am seeking all written communication regardless of whether by email, letter, SMS, Signal, Whatsapp or other format.

Noting that messages on various platforms (such as Signal) may from time to time be deleted automatically, I request that you take immediate action to preserve all documents potentially within the scope of this request so that the request can be considered according to law.

I also ask that, in responding to this request, you detail steps taken to ensure that messages were not deleted automatically (eg: through the operation of the “disappearing messages” function on Signal) so that the request is able to be considered according to law.'

Released in part
FOI/2324/006 04/09/2023
  1. 'I am requesting the detailed datasets from July 2015 to 30 June 2023 which support the reporting obligations specified in chapter 2.5 of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP Guide) December 2020. For the avoidance of doubt, I am requesting the details of individual contracts awarded to Indigenous enterprises.
  2. I am also requesting, if not already included in the datasets requested in Item 1 above, the following data for all suppliers included in those datasets:
    1. Supplier Name
    2. Supplier ABN
    3. Supplier Percentage Indigenous Ownership'
Released in full
FOI/2324/007 04/09/2023

'Documents related to the establishment of the Makarrata commission, as detailed in the October 2022 budget. I would like to request documents including, but not limited to, any spending associated with the Makarrata commission – including:

Please limit searches for this information to the period 1 October 2022 to today (3 August 2023).

I would be happy to receive data about staff, wages etc in a de-identified format - such as names or personal details of individuals to be redacted.'

  • staff numbers and wages,
  • rental or purchase of physical office space,
  • staff travel,
  • purchase of equipment, and
  • any costs related to consultation, polling, focus groups or other research.'
Released in full
FOI/2324/005 01/09/2023

'I want to ask how much of the $5.8 million for the Makarrata Commission set aside in the October budget has been spent so far.

-Of the amount spent (which the NIAA confirmed in May to be almost $900,000), can I be provided a breakdown of that funding allocation e.g. staffing costs, admin costs, etc'

Released in full
FOI/2324/002 16/08/2023

'Any briefing notes, talking points or Media Q&A's prepared for the Minister for Indigenous Australians in relation to Western Australia's Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021. I am seeking documents prepared for the Minister between April 1, 2023, and July 15, 2023. 

Please exclude duplicate documents. I am not seeking personal information.

Under subsection 29(5) of the FOI Act, I ask that the department waive any processing fee associated with this request on the grounds that the giving up of access to this information is in the interests of a substantial section of the public.'

Released in part
FOI/2223/030 31/07/2023

“Between 1 July 2022 and 1 June 2023, correspondence between or including the National Indigenous Australians Agency and NT government ministers or their staff:

  • regarding the National Partnership on Remote Housing “implementation schedule” and/or “milestones”
  • relating to “delays” or proposed changes to the National Partnership on Remote Housing Agreement
  • the most recent ‘milestone status report’ for homes being built under the National Partnership on Remote Housing Agreement
  • regarding any review of the National Partnership for Remote Housing NT conducted by PWC Indigenous Consulting

I am not seeking specifically detailed minutes of the Joint Steering Committee nor operational details re meetings of the joint steering committee, so this can be excluded, but also with the understanding that there may be mention of decisions from the JSC in the correspondence between NIAA and NT Ministers and that correspondence should not be excluded it from the terms of my request."

Released in part