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10 May 07 Notice of a data matching pilot

The ATO has given notice that it is participating in a Pilot project to test the integrity of identity data across a range of government identity registers. This Pilot will be referred to as the Integrity of Identity Data Pilot.

The Pilot will be managed by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department (AGD), in partnership with the ATO. The Pilot will test the integrity of a sample of 25,000 records of the ATO tax file number database. The Pilot will include cross-agency data matching against the identity registers of a range of government agencies.

The Pilot will identify key data matching elements that can be used to improve the accuracy of personal information held on government databases. The ATO will collect and collate the data matching results as well as provide some verification for the accuracy and correctness of these records by sampling with participating agencies.

The AGD will provide direction on how the data matching and subsequent analytical phases of the Pilot will be implemented. The following agencies will participate in the Pilot:

-  The Department of Immigration and Citizenship;
- Centrelink;
- Medicare Australia; and
- NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The results of the data match will not be used for purposes not related to the Pilot, in particular administrative or compliance action. The data matching will occur during May and June 2007.

For a copy of the ATO notice, go here

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