• Service: Tax, International Executive Services, Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 30/04/2013

Migration Newsflash

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Migration Newsflash: Immigration and Taxation Data Matching Program 

This Migration Newsflash discusses the recent release of details on a data matching program allowing the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to acquire temporary working visa data from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The program allows the ATO to obtain temporary working visa data from DIAC for visas granted in the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2014.

This follows on from a program undertaken in 2010 and 2011 where similar data obtained from DIAC indicated to the ATO that there was an elevated risk of non-compliance and fraud associated with this temporary working visa population.


Key insights

  • There are 27 temporary working visa categories covered by the program including the Temporary Business Visa (Long Stay) – Subclass 457; Occupational Trainee Visa – Subclass 442; and Working Holiday Makers – Subclass 417.
  • One of the key objectives for the ATO in obtaining this data is to improve intelligence on the overall level of compliance with taxation obligations of both employer sponsors and the temporary working visa holders.
  • While the ATO will be the main user of the data, the program also allows for the ATO to share information with DIAC regarding visa holders not abiding by the conditions of their temporary working visas.

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