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  • Your privacy

    Your privacy is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and the strict secrecy provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and other tax laws. We also have an ATO privacy policy.

    These laws prohibit our staff from accessing, recording or disclosing any persons' tax information except in the performance of their duties. Breaches of these laws can attract fines of up to $11,000 and jail sentences of up to two years.

    We also adhere to the Privacy Commissioner's Guidelines on Data Matching in Australian Government AdministrationExternal Link. We do this by preparing and publishing a data-matching protocol for each of our programs that obtain information on about 5,000 individuals or more.

    In broad terms, each protocol explains:

    • the purpose of the program
    • what data is collected
    • which agencies or organisations will be providing the data
    • how the data will be used.
      Last modified: 07 Dec 2021QC 55323