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Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice

The Privacy Act 1988 protects the privacy of individuals and sets out the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) applicable to the collection, use and storage of personal information by Australian government agencies.

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) is authorised under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA) to collect personal information requested through some of our forms.

Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the APPs and the TPB’s Privacy Policy

Please select the relevant section below to find out how we will use and disclose the personal information you have provided to us.

Applying to register or renew your registration

Advising us of your professional indemnity insurance details

Making a complaint
 

Applying to register or renew your registration

  • We are authorised by the TASA to collect the information requested for the purpose of assessing your application for registration under Part 2 of the TASA.
  • If you do not provide the requested information, we may not be able to process your application.
  • Where we are authorised or required by the law to do so, some of the information collected from you may be provided to:
    • other government agencies, including the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and law enforcement agencies
    • entities, such as a professional association accredited by us, if you are a member of such an association (this may involve the disclosure of information to a professional association accredited by us that is located overseas).
  • Where we are authorised under the TASA to do so and it is considered to be relevant to your application, we may also seek information about you from:
    • the ATO in relation to your tax obligations and/or the tax obligations of any other relevant entities associated with your application
    • third parties, including entities that may have provided documentation in support of your application
    • other government agencies.
  • Under the TASA, we must notify the Commissioner of Taxation of our decision in relation to your application for registration.
  • If we grant your application for registration, your details (including your name, practice name, certain contact details and any relevant professional affiliations) will appear on the TPB Register. In addition, the TPB Register must include any conditions to which your registration is subject and any sanction (other than a caution or termination) that has been imposed by us under the TASA.
  • The TPB Register is publicly available on our website. We are required to maintain the TPB Register under section 60-135 of the TASA.
     

Advising us of your professional indemnity insurance details

  • We are authorised by the TASA to collect the information requested for the purpose of administering the TASA and in particular, to assess whether you meet the professional indemnity (PI) insurance requirements under the TASA.
  • If you do not provide the requested information, we may not be able to confirm that your PI insurance cover arrangements meet our requirements under the TASA.
  • Where we are authorised or required by law to do so, some of the information collected from you may be provided to:
    • other government agencies, including the Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and law enforcement agencies
    • entities such as a professional association accredited by us if you are a member of such an association (this may involve the disclosure of information to a professional association accredited by us that is located overseas).
       

Making a complaint

  • We will use the information collected from you as the basis for the enquiries we make, and other action we take, arising from your complaint.
  • The actions we may take are set out in the TASA and aim to ensure that tax agent, BAS and tax (financial) advice services are provided to the public in accordance with appropriate standards of professional and ethical conduct.
  • Section 60-15 of the TASA allows us to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of our functions, which includes the collection of information in relation to a complaint about conduct that may breach the TASA.
  • If you do not provide information that we request when we are considering your complaint, we may be limited in the actions we can take.
  • Where we are authorised or required by law to do so, some of the complaint details collected from you may be provided to:
    • the entity that you have complained about
    • other government agencies, including the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and law enforcement agencies
    • other entities, such as a professional association accredited by us (this may involve the disclosure of information to a professional association accredited by us that is located overseas).
  • The information you disclose could also ultimately be used by us as evidence in litigation proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and/or the Federal Court.
  • Where we are authorised under the TASA to do so and it is considered relevant to your complaint, we may also seek information about you from:
    • the entity that you have complained about
    • the ATO in relation to your taxation matters and/or the taxation matters of any other relevant entities associated with your complaint.
       

Further information

Further information about our privacy practices is available in TPB Privacy policy.

For any enquiries relating to our collection, use and storage of your information, including how to access and correct your information or to make a privacy complaint, please contact the TPB privacy officer at TPBLegalunit [at] tpb.gov.au (TPBLegalunit@tpb.gov.au).

 

Last modified: 14 November 2014