Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

From the ATO

Your privacy

Your privacy is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and the strict secrecy provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and other tax laws.

These laws prohibit our staff from accessing, recording or disclosing any persons' tax information except in the performance of their duties. Breaches of these laws can attract fines of up to $11,000 and jail sentences of up to two years.

We also adhere to the Privacy Commissioner's Guidelines on Data Matching in Australian Government Administration by preparing and publishing a data matching protocol for each of our programs that obtain information on about 5000 individuals or more.

In broad terms, each protocol explains:

  • the purpose of the program
  • what data is collected
  • which agencies or organisations will be providing the data
  • how the data will be used.

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  • Updated: 6 June 2019