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Freedom of Information

Decision Making and Other Powers Affecting Members of the Public

It should be noted that many powers invested in the specific positions described in this section may be delegated formally to subordinate officers.

Chief of Joint Operations

May make decisions relating to the planning and conduct of campaigns, operations and other activities to achieve national objectives within Australia and overseas; may make decisions regarding the planning and conduct of combined and joint training activities and major exercises at the operational and tactical levels; and oversees the provision of Defence assistance to the civil community at the operational level.

Chief of Navy, Chief of Army and Chief of Air Force

May exercise powers to prescribe conditions for entry or re-entry, however described (for example, appointment, re-appointment, recruitment, enlistment, re-enlistment, engagement, re-engagement), to their respective Service; place names of officers and former officers on the retired list; grant to officers on the retired list military title or rank and authorise such persons to wear uniform and insignia; determine appointments in respect of cadets; approve the provision of Defence assistance to the civil community; authorise the use of words and letters protected under the Defence (Prohibited Words and Letters) Regulations; approve the wearing, manufacture or supply of protected Service emblems, crests and flags; determine who should be employed, reside or stay in a Service establishment; approve the possession, sale, supply and consumption of intoxicating liquor at gatherings of Service members and their guests; declare an area in or adjacent to Australia to be a firing or practice area; and grant licences to trade in an establishment of their respective Service.

Maritime Commander Australia

May make decisions relating to public access to naval ships and military (Navy) areas; may provide assistance to civilian authorities in disaster relief or rescue situations; may make public comment in relation to visiting naval forces or ships; convenes Navy courts martial and Defence Force Magistrate trials, which may involve the summoning of civilian witnesses; and provides Defence assistance to the civil community when not managed by the commanding officer of the area.

Commander Australian Navy Systems Command

May make decisions relating to public access to naval establishments and military (Navy) areas; may provide assistance to civilian authorities in disaster relief or rescue situations; may make public comment in relation to visiting naval forces or ships; convenes Navy courts martial and Defence Force Magistrate trials, which may involve the summoning of civilian witnesses; and provides Defence assistance to the civil community when not managed by the commanding officer of the area.

Director-General Navy Personnel and Training

May authorise the release of serving and former Navy members' military records.

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Land Commander Australia

May make decisions relating to public access to military (Army) areas; select private, state or Commonwealth property for training exercises; provide Defence assistance to the civil community; may release Army personnel information; may approve local hire or lease of Army property; and may impose constraints on Army personnel which impinge on public enterprise.

Commander Training Command - Army

May authorise the provision of Defence assistance to the civil community by any of the schools, colleges or training establishments within the Command; and may release information from the records of any member and ex-member who has undergone training by the Command.

Air Commander Australia

May summon civilian witnesses to attend Air Force courts martial; and provide Defence assistance to the civil community.

Chief Finance Officer

May provide instructions to legal providers on the Defence Legal Panel on the settlement of claims against the Commonwealth; declare surplus land, buildings, or land and buildings for disposal; approve exemptions and variations to application of interest on debt repayments; determine rates and charges for all supplies and services provided by Defence; delegate authority to waive the full cost recovery for supplies and services provided by Defence; write-off public money; delegate authority to issue a drawing right to make a payment of public money for a specific purpose and/or request the debiting of an amount against a particular appropriation and delegate authority to revoke or amend a drawing right; enter into agreements with any bank for the receipt, custody, payment or transmission of public money, or for other matters relating to the conduct of the Australian Government's banking business; and open and maintain official bank accounts in accordance with agreements under Section 9 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act, 1997 and/or request a local bank to provide an encashment facility.

Director Defence Force Psychology Organisation

May allow the release of information from individual psychological records.

Director-General Career Management Policy

May authorise the release of serving and former members' honours and awards histories.

Director-General Defence Health Service

May authorise the release of serving and former members' medical and dental records.

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Director Social Work and Client Services

May authorise the release of individuals' confidential counselling records to those individuals concerned.

Head Coordination and Public Affairs Division

Has the authority to issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender; evaluate tenders; and recommend source selection in relation to contracts for the provision of public affairs services for Defence.

Chief Executive Officer Defence Materiel Organisation

May determine methods of procurement and approve contracts for major capital equipment and through-life support requirements, issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender, evaluate tenders and recommend source selection.

Commander Joint Logistics

May issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender and evaluate tenders and recommend source selection.

Heads of Maritime Systems, Land Systems, Aerospace Systems, Electronic Systems, Management Information Systems and Airborne Surveillance and Control Divisions

May issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender; evaluate tenders; and recommend source selection for major and minor capital equipment. In specific cases, they have the authority to determine the method of procurement and approve major and minor capital equipment contracts.

Head Industry Division

Accepts tenders and recommendations about quotations for the purchase of supplies and services.

Head National Operations Division

May provide Defence assistance to the civil community; control public access to military areas; approve the loan, hire or purchase of defence stores and equipment and, in defined cases, determine the method of procurement; issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender; evaluate tenders and recommend or approve sourcing; approve contracts and the purchase of supplies and services; and grant remission of fees and impose charges payable under the freedom of information legislation.

Director of Classified Archival Records Review

In accordance with an arrangement made between Defence and the National Archives of Australia pursuant to Section 35 of the Archives Act, 1983 the Director Classified Archival Records Review provides advice to the Director-General National Archives of Australia and the Director of the Australian War Memorial specifying which matter, if any, contained in Defence historical records is considered to be exempt under sections 33(1)(a) and (b) of the Act.

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Head Infrastructure Division

May determine the method of procurement; issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender; evaluate tenders; recommend source selection; approve contracts for capital facilities, property transactions, and the purchase of services; and has the responsibility for environmental issues within Defence.

Head Infrastructure has the delegated authority for implementation of Defence (Areas Control) Regulations which are made under the Defence Act 1903 and to give the legal basis for restrictions to be placed by Defence on the height of buildings and other structures and introduced objects, such as trees, in the vicinity of Defence airfields and related facilities.

Head Information Systems

May determine the method of procurement; issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender; evaluate tenders; recommend source selection; and approve contracts.

Chief Information Officer

May determine the method of procurement; issue invitations to register interest and requests for tender; evaluate tenders; recommend source selection; and approve contracts.

Head Strategic Policy Division

May issue approvals for the export of certain defence equipment and goods with dual civil and military applications.

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