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5.1.1.20 Obtaining information about debtors

Obtaining information from an individual who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

An authorised officer (1.1.O.10) may request information from an individual (1.1.I.90) who owes a debt (1.1.D.60) to the Commonwealth, including:

  • information regarding their personal financial situation
  • notification of any change of address within 14 days, or
  • a document or documents relevant to their financial situation that is in their control.

Examples: Documents may include:

  • bank statements
  • property title deeds
  • employment details
  • financial management and existing loan details, and
  • details of share or stock trading activities.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 155 Power to obtain information from a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth, section 76 Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act debts

Policy reference: FA Guide 4.4.5.30 Failure to notify change of address

Obtaining information about an individual who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

An authorised officer may request information or documents from an individual that would help locate another individual, referred to as the debtor, who owes a debt to the Commonwealth, or that is relevant to the debtor's financial situation.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 156 Obtaining information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth, section 76 Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act debts

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