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Publicly available information released following an FOI access request

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Accessing information in the Disclosure Log 

The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by NHMRC under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and is available for public access.

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FOI Disclosure Log 2020-2021

Note: The FOI reference number in this table may not be sequential. This can occur because the FOI requests received by NHMRC have been withdrawn at the request of the applicant, or information is deemed by the relevant Decision Maker to be of a commercial-in-confidential or personal nature, in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act.

Previous years disclosure log

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2020/21 013 7/04/2021

Description of request

For each calendar year from 2016 to 2019 inclusively, access to the completion date of the first finalised:

  • fraud-risk assessment for purposes of s10(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (the Rule)
  • fraud/compliance audit implemented for purposes of s10(b/d) of the Rule.

Summary of document released

Tabular report.

Number of documents and type of release

One tabular report of information requested released in full.
 

2020/21 012 22/02/2021

Description of request

Access to grant application assessment details for specific grants within the Ideas Grant, Investigator Grant, Project Grant and Research Fellowships schemes.

Summary of document released

RGMS data extractions (redacted).

Number of documents and type of release

One document released with redactions (under sections 22, 47E and 47F of the FOI Act) and access refused to six documents (under sections 47C, 47E and 47F of the FOI Act).
 

2020/21 010 9/02/2021

Description of request

Access to written communications, documentation and advice exchanged between the National Health and Medical Research Council and: 

  • National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and/or 
  • Cancer Council Australia 

concerning the finalised Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.

Summary of document released

Email correspondence.

Number of documents and type of release

Three documents released in full.

2020/21 001 2/11/2020

Description of request

Access to documents about NHMRC’s activity with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary of document released

Newsletters published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Number of documents and type of release

Two documents released in full and access refused to 16 documents. 
 

2020/21 003 12/10/2020

Description of request

Access to the latest Australian Dietary Guidelines and related food standards. 

Summary of document released

A copy of the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013), also available on NHMRC’s website

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full.
 

2019/20
017
 
21/07/2020

Description of request

Access to documentation and correspondence relating to the appointment of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group as the mathematical modellers for the revision of the Australian Guidelines for Reducing the Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (2009). 

Summary of document released

Documents and correspondence relating to the mathematical modelling for the revision of the Australian Guidelines for Reducing the Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009.

Number of documents and type of release

Forty eight documents released under a previous FOI (2019/20 011). Twenty six documents released in full and twelve documents released with redactions under section 22, 42 and 47F. Access refused for one document under section 42.
 

2019/20
020
 
24/06/2020

Description of request

Access to communications between NHMRC and the Australian Dental Association (ADA) NSW Branch about ADA NSW Guidance on COVID-19.

Summary of document released

Copies of email correspondence.

Number of documents and type of release

Two documents released in full.

2019/20 016 21/05/2020

Description of request

Access to a grant application from the University of Adelaide and the funding agreement. 

Summary of document released

Copy of the grant application summary (redacted), grant schedule and funding agreement.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released with redactions and two documents released in full.
 

2019/20 011 31/03/2020

Description of request

Access to documents, advice and correspondence related to the appointment of Sheffield Alcohol Research Group as mathematical modellers for the review of Australian Guidelines for Reducing the Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009.

Summary of document released

Documents, advice and correspondence regarding the appointment of Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) were released. 

Number of documents and type of release

Twenty-nine documents released in full, nineteen documents released in part with redactions under sections 42 and 47F and access refused to six documents.

2019/20 008 02/01/2020

Description of request

The total amount paid to the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group for their modelling services in relation to the report ‘Mortality and morbidity risks from alcohol consumption in Australia: Analyses using an Australian adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v2.7) to inform the development of new alcohol guidelines’ dated 07/08/2019.

Summary of document released

No document released as document is publicly available.

Number of documents and type of release

No document released as document is publicly available.

 

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