Thank you for visiting this website. In the period preceding an election, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role.

The Department of Social Services hosts this website and the department will manage it in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions.

5.1.3 Protection of information


This section explains the Commonwealth's obligation to protect information about a person (1.1.P.80) that has been obtained and/or is held for FA (1.1.F.02) purposes. This includes purposes relating to:

  • the FA law, or
  • the CCSS.

Protection of personal information

Any protected information obtained under FA law can only be used for FA purposes. There are penalties for breaches of any of the terms that apply to the provisions relating to information obtained and/or held for FA purposes.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 162 Permitted obtaining of, making a record of, disclosure of or use of protected information

Policy reference: FA Guide Offences & penalties

Last reviewed: