House of Representatives Committees

Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration

Committee activities (inquiries and reports)

Review of the ANAO audit report No.37 1998-99 on the management of Tax File Numbers

The Committee tabled its report Numbers on the run: Review of the ANAO audit report No.37 1998-99 on the management of Tax File Numbers on 28 August 2000. Copies of sections of the report in PDF follow as well as a copy of the full report as a PDF document (349KB). Hardcopies of the full report are available from the Committee Secretariat.

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List of recommendations

Submissions

Transcripts of public hearings

12/04/2000 Canberra
05/04/2000 Canberra
03/04/2000 Canberra
09/03/2000 Canberra
06/03/2000 Canberra
10/02/2000 Sydney
09/12/1999 Canberra
06/12/1999 Canberra

Media releases

Government response: No response to date

TFN audit report (PDF format)

ATO Data and Systems Quality - An ANAO Discussion Paper (PDF format)

Table of contents of report: Numbers on the run: Review of the ANAO audit report No.37 1998-99 on the managment of Tax File Numbers

FRONT SECTION (PDF format 43KB)

(This document contains the sections of the report from the Foreword to the List of recommendations)

FOREWORD

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF format 14KB)

CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION (PDF format 16KB)

Background
ANAO findings
Scope and conduct of the inquiry

CHAPTER 2 – ATO DATA AND SYSTEMS QUALITY (PDF format 49KB)

Historical context
Modernisation
Management culture
Data and systems administartion
Data integrity
Systems quality
Data and systems planning
Whole-of-government approach
CHAPTER 3 – DATA MATCHING (PDF format 54KB)

Data matching and privacy protections
The systematic use of external data bases
Extending data matching to additional data sets
Improving data quality
Reducing fraud
Strategies
The quality of data received
Extending data matching to additional transactions
Data matching with the ABN
CHAPTER 4 – TAX FILE NUMBER REGISTRATION (PDF format 36KB)

ATO registration procedures
Use of information technology
Issuing of TFNs
Alternative means of TFN registration
School registrations
Centrelink registrations
Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs registrations
CHAPTER 5 – TAX TREATMENT AND WORK RIGHTS OF NON-RESIDENTS (PDF format 49KB)

Tax treatment of non-residents
Self assessment
Recording and matching visa numbers
Harvest labour
Fraud
Work rights of non-residents
Review of Illegal Workers in Australia: Improving immigration compliance in the workplace
Harvesting Australia: Report of the National Harvest Trail Working Group
CHAPTER 6 – IDENTITY FRAUD AND PROOF OF IDENTITY PROCESSES (PDF format 52KB)

Extent of the problem
Quantifying identity fraud
Administrative responses
ATO internal processes
Commonwealth processes
A broader response
Other Pol techniques
Legislative responses
Recognising identity fraud as a crime
CHAPTER 7 – EXTENDING TAX FILE NUMBER QUOTATION (PDF format 49KB)

Unique numeric identifiers in the public and private sector
Other financial transactions
AUSTRAC transactions
Real estate transactions
Business with government
Mandatory TFN quotation
Client Service Number
CHAPTER 8 – IMPLICATIONS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS NUMBER (PDF format 25KB)

ABN Registration
Data and systems quality
Privacy
CHAPTER 9 – CONCLUSIONS (PDF format 19KB)

Context
Findings
Need for action
APPENDIX A - LIST OF SUBMISSIONS (PDF format 12KB)

APPENDIX B - LIST OF EXHIBITS (PDF format 15KB)

APPENDIX C - LIST OF HEARINGS AND WITNESSES (PDF format 15KB)

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