• Appendix 15: Information provided to law enforcement agencies

    Section 355-70 (item 1) of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (formerly section 3E) allows the disclosure of taxpayer information to specified law enforcement agencies where the information is relevant to determining whether a serious offence has been or is being committed, or for enforcing a law, the contravention of which is a serious offence, or for proceeds of crime order proceedings.

    Table 7.35 shows requests from agencies and ATO-initiated disclosures, while Table 7.36 shows the general categories of offence in 2010-11.

    Section 355-70 (item 3) of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (formerly section 3G) allows the disclosure of taxpayer information to Project Wickenby taskforce officers where the information is relevant to the taskforce's purpose. Table 7.37 shows the number of requests and disclosures in 2010-11.

    TABLE 7.35: Requesting agencies and ATO-initiated disclosures, 2010-11

    Agency

    On hand 1 July 2010

    New requests 2010-11

    Processed requests 2010-11

    On hand 30 June 2011

    Requests received

    ATO - initiated

    Total

    Withdrawn

    Rejected

    Disclosed

    Total

    Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

    0

    3

     

    3

     

     

    3

    3

    0

    Australian Crime Commission

    18

    149

    4

    153

    1

     

    139

    140

    31

    Australian Federal Police

    22

    271

    49

    320

    2

     

    270

    272

    70

    ACT Police

    0

    5

     

    5

     

     

    5

    5

    0

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission

    1

    10

    1

    11

     

     

    11

    11

    1

    Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia

    0

    0

     

    0

     

     

    0

    0

    0

    Director of Public Prosecutions

    1

    1

    1

    2

     

     

    3

    3

    0

    Independent Commission Against Corruption (NSW)

    0

    1

     

    1

     

     

    0

    0

    1

    New South Wales Crime Commission

    31

    153

    3

    156

    1

     

    166

    167

    20

    New South Wales Police

    35

    211

    18

    229

    1

     

    226

    227

    37

    New South Wales Police Integrity Commission

    2

    0

     

    0

     

     

    2

    2

    0

    Northern Territory Police

    9

    7

     

    7

     

     

    12

    12

    4

    Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission

    6

    36

     

    36

     

     

    30

    30

    12

    Queensland Police

    18

    88

     

    88

     

     

    92

    92

    14

    South Australian Police

    3

    18

     

    18

     

    1

    16

    17

    4

    Tasmanian Police

    0

    4

     

    4

     

     

    4

    4

    0

    Victorian Police

    20

    134

    3

    137

     

     

    124

    124

    33

    Western Australian Police

    11

    41

    6

    47

     

     

    50

    50

    8

    District Court of NSW

    0

    1

     

    1

     

     

    1

    1

    0

    TOTAL

    177

    1,133

    85

    1,218

    5

    1

    1,154

    1,160

    235

    TABLE 7.36: General categories of offence, 2010-11

    Agency

    On hand 1 July 2010

    Requests received

    Requests withdrawn

    Requests rejected

    Disclosures made

    Total processed

    On hand 30 June 2011

    Corporations Law

    1

    7

     

     

    8

    8

    0

    Crimes and Criminal Code Acts - Commonwealth

    42

    432

    3

    1

    376

    380

    94

    Crimes and Criminal Code Acts - State

    64

    354

    3

    4

    344

    351

    67

    Customs Act

    2

    48

     

     

    47

    47

    3

    Drugs Poisons & Controlled Substances Act

    0

    81

     

     

    58

    58

    23

    Drugs, Misuse and Trafficking Acts

    74

    264

    1

     

    286

    287

    51

    Excise Act

    1

    2

     

     

    3

    3

    0

    Firearms Act

    0

    6

     

     

    5

    5

    1

    Financial Transaction Reports Act

    1

    0

     

     

    1

    1

    0

    Foreign Passports Act

    0

    1

     

     

    1

    1

    0

    Migration Act

    2

    7

     

     

    6

    6

    3

    Proceeds of Crime Act - Commonwealth

    16

    286

    2

     

    226

    228

    74

    Proceeds of Crime Act - State

    90

    400

    2

     

    420

    422

    68

    Serious and Organised Crime Unexplained Wealth Act

    0

    2

     

     

    2

    2

    0

    Social Security Act

    0

    1

     

     

    1

    1

    0

    Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993

    1

    1

     

     

    2

    2

    0

    Terrorism Acts

    2

    8

     

     

    10

    10

    0

    Weapons Act

    1

    0

     

     

    1

    1

    0

    TOTAL

    297

    1,900

    11

    5

    1,797

    1,813

    384

    TABLE 7.37: Requests made by and disclosures to Project Wickenby Taskforce agencies, 2010-11

    Receiving agency

    On hand 30 June 2010

    Requests received

    Disclosed

    Withdrawn

    On hand 30 June 2011

    Australian Crime Commission

    3

    162

    163

    1

    1

    Australian Federal Police

    2

    126

    128

    0

    0

    Australian Securities & Investments Commission

    1

    56

    57

    0

    0

    Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

    1

    32

    33

    0

    0

    AUSTRAC

    0

    39

    39

    0

    0

    Attorney-General's Department

    0

    3

    3

    0

    0

    Australian Government Solicitor

    0

    9

    9

    0

    0

    TOTAL

    7

    427

    432

    1

    1

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