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Administered by: Human Services
Published Date 08 Jul 2014




From July 2014, the Department of Human Services (the Department) intends to undertake a new data matching activity in which customer data is matched with data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).  It is proposed to undertake a data match of all current customers in receipt of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) with the most recent income tax return data (submitted within the last three financial years) held by the ATO.


This data matching will assist the Department to assess a customer’s ongoing eligibility for the CSHC by comparing customer and partner data with ATO income tax return data.  The objectives of this data matching exercise are to:


·         prevent incorrect program outlays by identifying customers and their partners with undisclosed and/or under-declared income;


·         deter customers from neglecting to disclose income; and


·         promote voluntary compliance through public awareness of the program.


It is intended that the CSHC data matching activity will continue on an annual basis.


A protocol document describing this program has been developed in consultation with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.  Copies of the document are available from:



Case Selection

Customer Compliance Branch

Business Integrity Division

Department of Human Services

PO Box 7788




Contact Officer:          Graham Lisle

Phone:                         02 6200 5529

Email:                          data.matching@humanservices.gov.au


The Department and the ATO both adhere to the Information Commissioner’s Guidelines on Data Matching in Australian Government Administration which includes standards for data matching to protect the privacy of individuals.