OAIC to begin consultation on the remaking of the Data Matching Guidelines

15 April 2021

In May 2021, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will commence a public consultation process on the Data-Matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Guidelines 1994 (the Guidelines) to ensure they are fit for purpose. The current Guidelines sunset on 1 October 2021.

The Guidelines are issued under the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990, and regulate the matching of data under that Act. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) oversees compliance with the Guidelines.

Next week, the OAIC will begin targeted consultations with the agencies which use the current Guidelines. A public consultation process will then follow in May, when a draft of the Guidelines (which will be remade as Rules) will be published on the OAIC website inviting written submissions from the public. This consultation is an opportunity for users of the proposed Rules and the public to provide comments.

More information will be available from the Consultation page when the public consultation commences.