Tinworth and Department of Employment and Training

Application number:
2002 S0030
Decision date:
Thursday, Jun 05, 2003

Tinworth and Department of Employment and Training
(2002 S0030, 5 June 2003) 

The applicant sought access to all documents relating to complaints he had made, through a member of Federal Parliament, in connection with his employment by TAFE.  The applicant contended that there should be further responsive documents in the possession or under the control of the respondent, in view of the nature of his complaints.  The respondent agreed that notes had been taken by an officer who interviewed the applicant, but advised that they had not been retained as they were of no further use. 

The Deputy Information Commissioner decided that there were no reasonable grounds for believing that the respondent retained, in its possession or control, any relevant documents which had not already been disclosed to the applicant, and that the searches and inquiries conducted by the respondent for any such documents had been reasonable in all the circumstances of the case.