Australia to Begin Data Matching of Foreign Workers

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By Jared Mondschein

Aug. 19—The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is to use data matching technology to confirm that all Australian tax obligations have been met by foreign employees and their sponsoring employers, the Australian government said Aug. 4 in the government gazette. The data will be matched to immigration records of temporary working visa holders in Australia.

Eleven pieces of data from 2013-14 through 2016-17, including names, addresses and other information from visa holders, sponsors and migration agents, will be acquired by the ATO from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for electronic crosschecking to “identify non-compliance with registration, lodgment, reporting and payment obligations under taxation laws,” the government said.

The government estimated that approximately one million individuals would have their records obtained by the ATO in total.

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The government's data matching protocol are available at

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