220.127.116.11 Disclosure of Information by Centrelink
An authorised officer (1.1.O.10) may under certain circumstances disclose information obtained in the performance of their duties. This includes the Secretary, the Head of a Commonwealth department or authority, or to an authorised person (1.1.P.80) to whom the information relates.
Information provided by the Secretary
The Secretaries of DSS and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment generally have the power to delegate authority to disclose information through Centrelink and authorised officers within Centrelink.
When providing certificates and information, the Secretary must act according to the relevant guidelines made under the FA legislation. These guidelines are determined by the Ministers for DSS and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 168 Disclosure of information by Secretary, section 169 Guidelines for exercise of Secretary's disclosure powers
Guidelines for exercise of Secretary's disclosure power
The Ministers for DSS and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment are to determine guidelines for the exercise of the Secretary's power to provide certificates and information for the purposes of FA(Admin)Act section 169, and may revoke or vary those guidelines.
A determination made under these guidelines is a legislative instrument.
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 169 Guidelines for exercise of Secretary's disclosure powers
An officer must make a declaration about the disclosure of information in a form approved by the Minister or the Secretary, if required to do so by the Minister or the Secretary for the purposes of FA law.
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 170 Officer's declaration
Protection of certain documents from production to court
An officer (1.1.O.10) must not, except for the purposes of the FA law, be required to produce or disclose any document to a court, tribunal, authority or person that has the power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions.