5.1.2 Comparing Information with Other Agencies

Introduction

The Commonwealth has the power to obtain information for the purposes of verifying that a person (1.1.P.80) has provided Centrelink with the correct information about their circumstances, as well as their partner's (1.1.P.30) and/or their children's personal circumstances.

Comparing information with other agencies

Comparing information with other agencies is an effective method of verifying information about a person that has been obtained and/or is held by Centrelink for the purposes of FA law.

Example: Where no birth certificate is available, verifying the existence of a child for which a person is claiming FTB may be done by matching records with the Registrar General's Office.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 154 General power to obtain information, section 157 Obtaining information to verify claims etc., section 76 Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act debts

Data matching using TFNs

A person (1.1.P.80) may unintentionally or deliberately fail to declare all relevant income details. Data matching using a person's TFN is an effective method of verifying information about individuals of FA payments. The verified information is obtained and/or held by Centrelink for the purpose of verifying eligibility, entitlement and amounts of FA paid under FA law.

Explanation: An individual's TFN may be used for data matching in order to verify whether or not they were entitled to a payment.

Debts arising from data matching process

Data matching may establish that a person was not entitled to receive FA. In these circumstances a debt recoverable under the FA law may occur if:

  • an amount of FA has been paid to the person, and
  • the amount is a debt due to the Commonwealth under subsection 11(6) of the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 76 Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act debts

Policy reference: FA Guide 7.1 FA Debts, 5.1.3 Protection of Information

Last reviewed: 8 May 2017