The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication intended only as a guide to social security payments. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Disclosure of information to a community body

Disclosure of information

Despite any law (written or unwritten) in force in a state or territory, a member, officer or employee of a community body (8.7.7) may give DSS and DHS information about a person if:

  • the person is a trial participant or voluntary participant, and
  • the disclosed information is relevant to the operation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial.

In return, DSS and DHS may disclose information about the participant to the community body so it can perform its duties or exercise relevant powers.

Example: Joe is a participant in the Cashless Debit Card Trial and has applied to the community body to reduce the percentage of his restricted portion ( The community body assessed Joe's application according to their guidelines and decided that they will reduce Joe's restricted portion to 50%. The community body then sends DHS instructions that in future Joe's restrictable payments are to be split 50% restricted and 50% unrestricted.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 124PO Disclosure of information to the Secretary - community body

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