Australian Taxation Office

Privacy statement

The Information Privacy Principles found in section 14 of the Privacy Act 1988 apply to the collection, storage, use and disclosure of personal information on this website. For more information on the operation of the Privacy Act 1988 and privacy in general, users can visit the Privacy Commissioner's website at

Legal authority


Please note that when using this facility, The Tax Office is authorised by legislation to collect information from financial institutions, employers, government agencies and other entities.  The relevant legislation is set out in the specifications for the electronic files used to report the information and can be accessed on 


Operation of this website

The Tax Office operates this website.

Collection of personal information


Logging of your visit

When accessing this interface, a record of your visit is logged. The following information is recorded for statistical purposes and is used by the Tax Office to help improve this facility. This information is supplied by your browser and the data transfer facility:

  • Date\Time Stamp of your visit (start and end)
  • User ID used to log in to the site
  • IP Address
  • Protocol
  • Status (successful login)
  • Session ID
  • Port Number
  • User ID
  • Mailbox interactions including which mailbox accesses, file submitted and extracted

Apart from monitoring to detect any unauthorised or inappropriate use and subject to the collection of information referred to in this document, no other attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the internet web server logs.

Physical security of data

When transmitting data through this data transfer facility, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption protects information passing between the user and the Tax Office while the user remains on the secure website. If you want more information about SSL, we recommend you refer to W3C The World Wide Web Consortium and search on the word 'SSL' or browse the Security FAQs.

Risks of using the internet


You should note there are inherent risks associated with transmitting information via the internet. You should make your own assessment of the potential risks to the security of your information when deciding whether or not to use this facility. There are alternative ways to transact business if you do not wish to use public networks such as the internet