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ATO using Home Affairs data to check identity and residency status

15 Apr, 2021
The ATO has registered a notice of a data-matching program to access data from the Department of Home Affairs on passenger movements during the 2016–17 to 2022–23 financial years.

The data will be used:

  • to verify identity and residency status for registration purposes
  • in ATO risk detection models and as an indicator of residency to help the ATO in profiling, determining and assessing candidates for residency status for Australian tax and superannuation.
The ATO estimates that approximately 670,000 individual records will be obtained each financial year.

The data will supplement the ATO’s existing visa data-matching program by ensuring at the time of assessment the most current movement records are made available.

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