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  • Data retention

    We are seeking the Information Commissioner to exercise their discretion to allow the ATO to vary from the data destruction requirements contained in the Guidelines.

    The collection of data under this program protocol is expected to occur progressively we are requesting to retain the data for a period of five years from when all data files are verified for each financial year. The retention of this data is required for the protection of public revenue.

    Destroying the data earlier than the requested extension would hinder our ability to protect public revenue. It would impede our ability to properly detect taxpayers owning income producing property.

    See the submission to the Information Commissioner setting out the basis for seeking the variation to the data destruction guidelines and its impacts on individual privacy.

    We destroy information that is no longer required in accordance with the Guidelines and the National Archives of Australia's General Disposal Authority 24 - Records relating to Data Matching Exercises (GDA24).

    Public notification of the program

    We will notify the public of our intention to undertake this program by:

    • publishing a notice in the Federal Register of Legislation - Gazettes in the week commencing 6 August 2018 - view the content of the gazette notice
    • publishing this data matching program protocol on our website at
    • the data providers are aware they
      • should notify their clients of their participation in this program and provide written materials to assist with this.
      • Should note that personal information is disclosed to the ATO for data matching purposes in their privacy policies.
      Last modified: 10 Aug 2018QC 56446