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Act No. 205 of 1992 as made
An Act to amend the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990
Date of Assent 21 Dec 1992
Date of repeal 10 Mar 2016
Repealed by Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Act 2016
 

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205, 1992

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205 of 1992 - LONG TITLE

An Act to amend the Data-matching Program (Assistance and
Tax) Act 1990

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205 of 1992 - SECT 1
Short title

(Assented to 21 December 1992)
1.(1) This Act may be cited as the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Amendment Act 1992.

(2) In this Act, "Principal Act" means the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990.*1*

(Minister's second reading speech made in-
House of Representatives on 3 November 1992
Senate on 12 November 1992)
*1* No. 20, 1991, as amended. For previous amendments see Nos. 115, 175 and 194, 1991

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205 of 1992 - SECT 2
Commencement

2.(1) Apart from section 7, this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(2) Section 7 commences, or is taken to have commenced, as the case may be, on 22 January 1993.

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205 of 1992 - SECT 3
Steps in data matching cycle

3. Section 7 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph 14 in Step 5:
"14A. If the source agency and the matching agency have agreed that this paragraph applies, the following subparagraphs apply:
(a) if the matching agency thinks that any results of a payment or income matching appear to be results to which paragraph 15 applies, the matching agency gives a sample to the source agency;
(b) the source agency tests the sample;
(c) if the source agency thinks the sample may be wrong, and that the error may be corrected by adjusting an algorithm used by the matching agency, the source agency suggests the adjustment;
(d) the matching agency makes the adjustment and repeats the relevant parts of the matching;
(e) subject to section 9, these subparagraphs apply as often as necessary until the matching is complete;
(f) if the source agency is an assistance agency, information exchanged under this paragraph must not include the return of TFN data from the matching agency to the source agency;
(g) the source agency must destroy the sample as soon as practicable after the matching is complete.".

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Length of data matching cycle

4. Section 9 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting subsection (2) and substituting the following subsections:

"(2) Step 5 in a data matching cycle is to be completed no later than 7 days after it began.

"(2A) The following times do not count for the purposes of subsection (2):
(a) any time during which the cycle is interrupted by a computer malfunction;
(b) any time during which the cycle is interrupted by industrial action.".

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205 of 1992 - SECT 5
Notice of proposed action

5. Section 11 of the Principal Act is amended:
(a) by omitting from subsection (1) "subsection (4)" and substituting "subsections (1A), (1B) and (4)";
(b) by inserting after subsection (1) the following subsections:

"(1A) Subsection (1) does not apply to action that is necessary to correct or avoid a result solely caused by an administrative error on the part of the assistance agency.

"(1B) If the assistance agency takes action referred to in subsection (1A), it must give the person written notice, with particulars of the information and the action:
(a) if practicable - before the action is taken; or
(b) if not - as soon as practicable after the action has been taken.".

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205 of 1992 - SECT 6
Guidelines relating to privacy

6. Section 12 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting after subsection (2) the following subsection:

"(2A) In addition to the requirement that the matching agency and each source agency table a comprehensive report in both Houses of Parliament eighteen months after the commencement of the first data matching cycle (as required by Guideline 12 of the Guidelines issued by the Privacy Commissioner on 27 September 1991), the matching agency and each source agency must prepare and present for tabling in each House of the Parliament by the end of October 1993 a further comprehensive report including references to all of the matters identified in Guideline 12 of the Privacy Commissioner's Guidelines of 27 September 1991.".

DATA-MATCHING PROGRAM (ASSISTANCE AND TAX) AMENDMENT ACT 1992 No. 205 of 1992 - SECT 7
Cessation of operation of Act

7. Section 21 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting "at the expiration of 2 years after the date of commencement of this Act" and substituting "on and from 22 January 1994".