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Schedule 17—Information management

Schedule 17 Information management

   

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999

1  Paragraph 111(2)(d)

Omit “section 154, 155, 156, 157, 157A, 159A or”, substitute “Division 1 of Part 6 or section”.

2  Subsection 120(1)

Omit “is satisfied that a person has information, or custody or control of a document, that is relevant”, substitute “reasonably believes that a person will be able to give information, or produce a document or records, relevant”.

3  At the end of section 120

Add:

             (3)  Section 153A does not apply to the Secretary when complying with a request under subsection (1).

4  Subsection 153(2)

Repeal the subsection.

5  After section 153

Insert:

153A   Reasonable belief needed to require information, documents or records

                   The Secretary can only require a person to:

                     (a)  give information; or

                     (b)  produce a document; or

                     (c)  produce records;

under this Division if the Secretary reasonably believes that the person will be able to give the information or produce the document or records.

6  Subsection 154(1)

Omit “that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control”.

7  Paragraphs 154(2)(b) and (3)(b)

Omit “that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control”.

8  Subsection 154(4)

Omit “that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control”.

9  At the end of section 154

Add:

             (6)  The Secretary may require a person to give information, or produce a document or records, to a specified agency if the Secretary considers that the information, document or records may be relevant to an inquiry or investigation into a matter mentioned in subsection (1), (2), (3) or (4).

10  Paragraph 155(b)

Omit “is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control and”.

11  Section 156

Repeal the section, substitute:

156   Obtaining information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

                   The Secretary may require a person to give information, or produce a document, to a specified agency if the Secretary considers the information or document:

                     (a)  would help the specified agency locate another person (the debtor ) who owes a debt to the Commonwealth under or as a result of this Act; or

                     (b)  is relevant to the debtor’s financial situation.

12  Before subparagraph 158(2)(b)(i)

Insert:

                            (ia)  a description of the information, document or records to which the requirement relates; and

13  At the end of subsection 158(2)

Add:

Note:          The notice may describe the information, documents or records by class (see subsection 33(3AB) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ).

14  Subsection 158(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  If the notice requires the person to appear before an officer, the notice must specify:

                     (a)  a time and place at which the person is to appear; and

                     (b)  that the person may be accompanied by a lawyer.

15  Paragraph 159A(b)

Omit “that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control”.

16  After section 159A

Insert:

159B   Self-incrimination

             (1)  A person is not excused from giving information, or producing a document or records, under this Division on the ground that the information, or production of the document or records, might tend to incriminate the person or expose the person to a penalty.

             (2)  However, in the case of an individual:

                     (a)  the information given or document or records produced; and

                     (b)  giving the information or producing the document or records; and

                     (c)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of giving the information or producing the document or records;

are not admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal proceedings, other than:

                     (d)  proceedings for an offence against subsection 159(1); or

                     (e)  proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Division; or

                      (f)  proceedings for an offence against Division 145 of the Criminal Code ; or

                     (g)  proceedings for an offence against section 177 that relates:

                              (i)  to this Division; and

                             (ii)  to a contravention of section 172 or subsection 173(1), 174(1) or 176(3).

159C   Use of information in investigations etc.

                   Subject to subsection 159B(2), nothing in this Division prevents information given, or a document or records produced, under this Division by a person from being used in:

                     (a)  an inquiry or investigation into a matter; or

                     (b)  criminal proceedings.

17  Section 160 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

160   Relationship with other laws

18  Section 160

Before “Nothing”, insert “(1)”.

19  At the end of section 160

Add:

             (2)  This Division does not require a person to give information or produce a document or records to the extent that in doing so the person would contravene a law of the Commonwealth (other than a law of a Territory).

20  Application provisions

(1)       The amendments of section 120 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 made by this Schedule apply in relation to requests made on or after the commencement of this item.

(2)       The amendments of Division 1 of Part 6 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 made by this Schedule apply in relation to requirements made under that Division on or after the commencement of this item.

Paid Parental Leave Act 2010

21  Before section 117

Insert:

116A   Reasonable belief needed to require information or documents

                   The Secretary can only require a person to:

                     (a)  give information; or

                     (b)  produce a document;

under this Subdivision if the Secretary reasonably believes that the person will be able to give the information or produce the document.

22  Subsections 117(1) and (2)

Omit “that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control”.

23  At the end of section 117

Add:

             (3)  The Secretary may require a person to give information, or produce a document, to a specified agency if the Secretary considers that the information or document may be relevant to an inquiry or investigation into a matter mentioned in subsection (1) or (2).

24  Subparagraph 118(a)(ii)

Omit “is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control and”.

25  Section 119

Repeal the section, substitute:

119   Obtaining information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

                   The Secretary may require a person to give information, or produce a document, to a specified agency if the Secretary considers the information or document:

                     (a)  would help the specified agency locate another person (the debtor ) who owes a debt to the Commonwealth under or because of this Act; or

                     (b)  is relevant to the debtor’s financial situation.

Note:          The agency specified must be a PPL agency (see subsection 120(4)).

26  Before subparagraph 120(2)(b)(i)

Insert:

                            (ia)  a description of the information or document to which the requirement relates; and

27  At the end of subsection 120(2)

Add:

Note:          The notice may describe the information or documents by class (see subsection 33(3AB) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ).

28  Subsection 120(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  For the purposes of subparagraph (2)(b)(ii), the period must not end earlier than 14 days after the notice is given, unless the Secretary is satisfied that it is reasonable in the circumstances, for the purposes of the effective administration of this Act, to specify a shorter period.

29  Subsection 120(6)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (6)  If the notice requires the person to appear before an officer, the notice must specify:

                     (a)  a time and place at which the person is to appear; and

                     (b)  that the person may be accompanied by a lawyer.

             (7)  For the purposes of subsection (6), the time must be at least 14 days after the notice is given, unless the Secretary is satisfied that it is reasonable in the circumstances, for the purposes of the effective administration of this Act, to specify an earlier time.

30  Section 121 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

121   Relationship with other laws

31  Section 121

Before “Nothing”, insert “(1)”.

32  At the end of section 121

Add:

             (2)  This Subdivision does not require a person to give information or produce a document to the extent that in doing so the person would contravene a law of the Commonwealth (other than a law of a Territory).

33  At the end of Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 4-1

Add:

122A   Self-incrimination

             (1)  A person is not excused from giving information, or producing a document, under this Subdivision on the ground that the information, or production of the document, might tend to incriminate the person or expose the person to a penalty.

             (2)  However, in the case of an individual:

                     (a)  the information given or document produced; and

                     (b)  giving the information or producing the document; and

                     (c)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of giving the information or producing the document;

are not admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal proceedings, other than:

                     (d)  proceedings for an offence against subsection 122(1); or

                     (e)  proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Subdivision; or

                      (f)  proceedings for an offence against Division 145 of the Criminal Code .

122B   Use of information in investigations etc.

                   Subject to subsection 122A(2), nothing in this Subdivision prevents information given, or a document produced, under this Subdivision by a person from being used in:

                     (a)  an inquiry or investigation into a matter; or

                     (b)  criminal proceedings.

34  Paragraph 215(2)(c)

Omit “section 117, 118 or 119 (which deal”, substitute “Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 4-1 (which deals”.

35  Subsection 231(1)

Omit “is satisfied that a person has information, or custody or control of a document”, substitute “reasonably believes that a person will be able to give information, or produce a document”.

36  At the end of section 231

Add:

             (3)  Section 116A does not apply to the Secretary when complying with a request under subsection (1).

37  Application provisions

(1)       The amendments of Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 4-1 of the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 made by this Schedule apply in relation to requirements made under that Subdivision on or after the commencement of this item.

(2)       The amendments of section 231 of the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 made by this Schedule apply in relation to requests made on or after the commencement of this item.

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

38  Paragraph 144(n)

Omit “section 192, 193, 194 or 195”, substitute “Division 1 of Part 5”.

39  Subsection 166(1)

Omit “is satisfied that a person has information, or has custody or control of a document”, substitute “reasonably believes that a person will be able to give information, or produce a document”.

40  At the end of section 166

Add:

             (3)  Section 191A does not apply to the Secretary when complying with a request under subsection (1).

41  Subsection 191(1)

Omit “(1)”.

42  Subsection 191(2)

Repeal the subsection.

43  After section 191

Insert:

191A   Reasonable belief needed to require information or documents

                   The Secretary can only require a person to:

                     (a)  give information; or

                     (b)  produce a document;

under this Division if the Secretary reasonably believes that the person will be able to give the information or produce the document.

44  Section 192

Omit “that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control”.

45  Paragraph 192(a)

Omit “the payment”, substitute “a social security payment”.

46  After paragraph 192(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the question whether a person is or was qualified for a social security payment for which a claim is not required;

47  At the end of section 192

Add:

                   ; (k)  an inquiry or investigation into a matter mentioned in any of the above paragraphs.

48  Subparagraph 193(a)(ii)

Omit “is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control and”.

49  Section 194

Repeal the section, substitute:

194   Obtaining information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

                   The Secretary may require a person to give information, or produce a document, to the Department if the Secretary considers the information or document:

                     (a)  would help the Department locate another person (the debtor ) who owes a debt to the Commonwealth under or as a result of the social security law; or

                     (b)  is relevant to the debtor’s financial situation.

50  Before subparagraph 196(2)(b)(i)

Insert:

                            (ia)  a description of the information or document to which the requirement relates; and

51  At the end of subsection 196(2)

Add:

Note:          The notice may describe the information or documents by class (see subsection 33(3AB) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ).

52  Subsection 196(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  For the purposes of subparagraph (2)(b)(ii), the period must not end earlier than 14 days after the notice is given, unless the Secretary is satisfied that it is reasonable in the circumstances, for the purposes of the effective administration of the social security law, to specify a shorter period.

53  Subsection 196(5)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (5)  If the notice requires the person to appear before an officer, the notice must specify:

                     (a)  a time and place at which the person is to appear; and

                     (b)  that the person may be accompanied by a lawyer.

             (6)  For the purposes of subsection (5), the time must be at least 14 days after the notice is given, unless the Secretary is satisfied that it is reasonable in the circumstances, for the purposes of the effective administration of the social security law, to specify an earlier time.

54  After section 197

Insert:

197A   Self-incrimination

             (1)  A person is not excused from giving information, or producing a document, under this Division on the ground that the information, or production of the document, might tend to incriminate the person or expose the person to a penalty.

             (2)  However, in the case of an individual:

                     (a)  the information given or document produced; and

                     (b)  giving the information or producing the document; and

                     (c)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of giving the information or producing the document;

are not admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal proceedings, other than:

                     (d)  proceedings for an offence against subsection 197(1); or

                     (e)  proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Division; or

                      (f)  proceedings for an offence against Division 145 of the Criminal Code ; or

                     (g)  proceedings for an offence against section 217 that relates:

                              (i)  to this Division; and

                             (ii)  to a contravention of subsection 212(1), 213(1), 214(1), 214(2) or 216(3).

197B   Use of information in investigations etc.

                   Subject to subsection 197A(2), nothing in this Division prevents information given, or a document produced, under this Division by a person from being used in:

                     (a)  an inquiry or investigation into a matter; or

                     (b)  criminal proceedings.

55  Section 198 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

198   Relationship with other laws

56  Section 198

Before “Nothing”, insert “(1)”.

57  At the end of section 198

Add:

             (2)  This Division does not require a person to give information or produce a document to the extent that in doing so the person would contravene a law of the Commonwealth (other than a law of a Territory).

58  Application provisions

(1)       The amendments of section 166 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 made by this Schedule apply in relation to requests made on or after the commencement of this item.

(2)       The amendments of Division 1 of Part 5 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 made by this Schedule apply in relation to requirements made under that Division on or after the commencement of this item.

Student Assistance Act 1973

59  Paragraph 310(2)(b)

Omit “section 343 or 345”, substitute “Division 2 of Part 10”.

60  Subsection 342(1)

Omit “other than section 349”.

61  Subsection 342(2)

Omit “sections 348 and 349”, substitute “section 348”.

62  Subsection 342(3)

Repeal the subsection.

63  After section 342

Insert:

342A   Reasonable belief needed to require information or documents

                   The Secretary can only require a person to:

                     (a)  give information; or

                     (b)  produce a document;

under this Division if the Secretary reasonably believes that the person will be able to give the information or produce the document.

64  Subsection 343(1)

Omit “that is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control”.

65  Paragraph 343(1)(a)

Omit “the benefit”, substitute “a student assistance benefit under this Act”.

66  At the end of subsection 343(1) (before the note)

Add:

               ; or (f)  an inquiry or investigation into a matter mentioned in any of the above paragraphs.

67  Subsection 343(1) (note)

Repeal the note.

68  Subparagraph 344(1)(a)(ii)

Omit “is in the person’s custody or under the person’s control and”.

69  Subsection 344(1) (note)

Repeal the note.

70  Section 345

Repeal the section, substitute:

345   Power to obtain information about a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth

                   The Secretary may require a person to give information, or produce a document, to the Department if the Secretary considers the information or document:

                     (a)  would help the Department locate another person (the debtor ) who owes a debt to the Commonwealth under this Act in relation to a student assistance benefit; or

                     (b)  is relevant to the debtor’s financial situation.

71  Subsection 347(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Contents of notice

             (2)  The notice must specify:

                     (a)  a description of the information or document to which the requirement relates; and

                     (b)  how the person is to give the information or produce the document to which the requirement relates; and

                     (c)  the period within which the person is to give the information or produce the document; and

                     (d)  the officer (if any) to whom the information is to be given or the document is to be produced; and

                     (e)  that the notice is given under this section.

Note:          The notice may describe the information or documents by class (see subsection 33(3AB) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 ).

72  Subsection 347(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Time limit for providing information or document

             (4)  For the purposes of paragraph (2)(c), the period must not end earlier than 14 days after the notice is given, unless the Secretary is satisfied that it is reasonable in the circumstances, for the purposes of the effective administration of this Act, to specify a shorter period.

73  Subsection 347(6)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Time and place for appearance

             (6)  If the notice requires the person to appear before an officer, the notice must specify:

                     (a)  a time and place at which the person is to appear; and

                     (b)  that the person may be accompanied by a lawyer.

             (7)  For the purposes of subsection (6), the time must be at least 14 days after the notice is given, unless the Secretary is satisfied that it is reasonable in the circumstances, for the purposes of the effective administration of this Act, to specify an earlier time.

74  After section 347

Insert:

347A   Self-incrimination

             (1)  A person is not excused from giving information, or producing a document, under this Division on the ground that the information, or production of the document, might tend to incriminate the person or expose the person to a penalty.

             (2)  However, in the case of an individual:

                     (a)  the information given or document produced; and

                     (b)  giving the information or producing the document; and

                     (c)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of giving the information or producing the document;

are not admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal proceedings, other than:

                     (d)  proceedings for an offence against subsection 347(10); or

                     (e)  proceedings for an offence against section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code that relates to this Division; or

                      (f)  proceedings for an offence against Division 145 of the Criminal Code .

347B   Use of information in investigations etc.

                   Subject to subsection 347A(2), nothing in this Division prevents information given, or a document produced, under this Division by a person from being used in:

                     (a)  an inquiry or investigation into a matter; or

                     (b)  criminal proceedings.

75  Section 348 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

348   Relationship with other laws

76  Section 348

Before “Nothing”, insert “(1)”.

77  At the end of section 348

Add:

             (2)  This Division does not require a person to give information or produce a document to the extent that in doing so the person would contravene a law of the Commonwealth (other than a law of a Territory).

78  Application provision

The amendments of Division 2 of Part 10 of the Student Assistance Act 1973 made by this Schedule apply in relation to requirements made under that Division on or after the commencement of this item.