Appendix 11: Information provided to law enforcement agencies

Section 355-70 (item 1) of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (formerly section 3E) allows the disclosure of taxpayer information to specified law enforcement agencies where the information is:

  • relevant to determining whether a serious offence has been or is being committed
  • for enforcing a law, the contravention of which is a serious offence, or
  • for proceeds of crime order proceedings.

Table 4.18 shows requests from agencies and ATO-initiated disclosures, while table 4.19 shows the general categories of offence in 2015–16.

TABLE 4.18 Requesting agencies and ATO-initiated disclosures, 2015–16
   

New Requests

Processed Requests

 

On hand 1 July 2015

Requests Received

ATO initiated

Total Requests Received

Withdrawn

Rejected

Total Requests Disclosed

On hand 30 June 2016

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 1) – serious offence

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

0

10

0

10

1

0

7

2

Australian Crime Commission

9

296

18

314

5

3

300

15

ACT Police

0

3

0

3

0

0

3

0

Australian Federal Police

11

315

67

382

14

0

356

23

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

1

8

0

8

0

0

6

3

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

0

4

1

5

0

0

5

0

County Court Victoria

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland

0

84

6

90

0

0

87

3

District Court Adelaide

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

District Court Brisbane

0

2

2

4

1

0

3

0

District Court Perth

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

District Court Sydney

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

0

12

0

12

0

0

9

3

Independent Commission on Corruption – New South Wales and South Australia

0

3

0

3

0

0

3

0

Independent Commission on Corruption – South Australia

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

New South Wales Crime Commission

15

183

0

183

0

0

193

5

New South Wales Police Integrity Commission

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

New South Wales Police

0

318

5

323

5

4

291

23

Northern Territory Police

1

13

0

13

1

0

11

2

Queensland Police

8

119

15

134

0

1

133

8

South Australian Police

3

52

2

54

0

0

54

3

Supreme Court Canberra

0

2

0

2

0

0

2

0

Tasmanian Police

1

11

1

12

1

0

11

1

Victorian Police

9

212

17

229

11

0

222

5

Western Australian Police

0

61

0

61

0

0

54

7

Total

58

1,713

137

1,850

42

8

1,755

103

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 2) – ASIO

Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation

0

0

2

2

0

0

2

0

Total

0

0

2

2

0

0

2

0

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 3) – Project Wickenby

Attorney-General’s Department

0

5

0

5

0

0

5

0

Australian Crime Commission

0

10

0

10

0

0

10

0

Australian Federal Police

0

19

0

19

0

0

19

0

Australian Government Solicitor

0

2

0

2

0

0

2

0

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

0

9

0

9

0

0

9

0

AUSTRAC

0

8

0

8

0

0

8

0

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

0

9

0

9

0

0

9

0

Total

0

62

0

62

0

0

62

0

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 4) – Fraud & Anti-Corruption Centre Taskforce

Attorney-General’s Department

0

11

7

18

0

0

18

0

Australian Border Force

0

11

18

29

0

0

29

0

Australian Crime Commission

0

25

31

56

2

0

54

0

Australian Federal Police

0

49

47

96

0

1

95

0

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

0

11

20

31

0

0

31

0

AUSTRAC

0

14

21

35

0

0

34

1

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

0

11

13

24

0

0

24

0

Total

0

132

157

289

2

1

285

1

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 4) – Fusion Centre Taskforce

Australian Crime Commission

1

40

27

67

0

0

67

1

Total

1

40

27

67

0

0

67

1

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 4) – National Anti-Gang Taskforce

Australian Crime Commission

0

8

5

13

0

0

13

0

Australian Federal Police

15

410

53

463

4

0

443

31

Total

15

418

58

476

4

0

456

31

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 4) – Phoenix Taskforce

Australian Border Force

0

5

0

5

0

0

5

0

Australian Competition and Consumer Commissioner

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

Australian Crime Commission

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act

0

8

7

15

0

0

14

1

Clean Energy Regulator

0

1

2

3

0

0

2

1

Department of Employment

0

0

2

2

0

0

2

0

Fair Work Ombudsman

0

2

2

4

0

0

4

0

Migration Agents Registration Authority

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

Office of State Revenue

0

1

3

4

0

0

4

0

Total

0

20

16

36

0

0

34

2

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 4) – Trusts Taskforce

Australian Federal Police

0

8

19

27

0

0

27

0

Total

0

8

19

27

0

0

27

0

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 4) – Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce

Australian Crime Commission

0

17

8

25

0

0

25

0

Australian Federal Police

5

265

17

282

4

0

276

7

Total

5

282

25

307

4

0

301

7

Subsection 355-70(1)(item 5) – Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

1

7

1

8

0

0

9

0

Total

1

7

1

8

0

0

9

0

GRAND TOTAL

80

2,682

442

3,124

52

9

2,998

145

 

TABLE 4.19 General categories of offence, 2015–16

Offence

 

New Requests

Processed Requests

 

On hand 1 July 2015

Requests Received

ATO initiated

Total Requests Received

Withdrawn

Rejected

Total Requests Disclosed

On hand 30 June 2016

Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006

0

25

1

26

0

0

24

2

Australian Federal Police Act 1979

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld)

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

Common Law

0

9

0

9

1

0

7

1

Confiscation Act 1997 (Vic.)

0

50

0

50

6

0

42

2

Corporations law

0

4

0

4

0

0

4

0

Crimes and Criminal Code Acts 1995 (Commonwealth)

27

946

87

1,033

24

5

966

65

Various Crimes Acts and Criminal Code Acts (State)

2

96

34

130

4

0

122

6

Criminal Assets Confiscation Act 2005 (SA)

0

16

0

16

0

0

16

0

Criminal Assets Recovery Act 1990 (NSW)

13

142

1

143

0

0

152

4

Criminal Law Consolidations Act 1935 (SA)

3

9

0

9

0

0

12

0

Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld)

0

53

0

53

1

0

51

1

Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000 (WA)

0

14

0

14

0

0

14

0

Criminal Property Forfeiture Act (NT)

0

4

0

4

1

0

3

0

Customs Act 1901 (Part IV)

0

6

1

7

0

0

7

0

Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985

10

212

9

221

1

3

210

17

Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic.)

3

105

2

107

3

0

103

4

Firearms Act 1996 (NSW)

0

6

0

6

0

0

5

1

Law & Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2004

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

Migration Act 1958

0

1

1

2

0

0

2

0

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009

0

4

0

4

0

0

4

0

National Health Act 1953

0

3

0

3

0

0

3

0

Proceeds of Crime Acts 2002 (Commonwealth)

0

2

0

2

1

0

1

0

Unexplained Wealth Acts (State)

0

3

0

3

0

0

3

0

TOTAL

58

1,713

137

1,850

42

8

1,755

103