The ATO is watching you

The Department of Immigration and the ATO are now sharing information about visa holders and their migration agents. The ATO will obtain the following information for the 2017/18 financial year (and the following two years):

  • Address and contact history for visa applicants and sponsors

  • All visa grants and visa grant status by point in time

  • Migration agents (visa application preparer who assisted or facilitated the processing of the visa) including the address and contact history of the agent

  • All international travel movements undertaken by visa holders (arrivals and departures)

  • Sponsor and education provider details

  • Visa subclass name

It is estimated that records of 20 million individuals will be obtained over the course of the three year period in order to identify non-compliance with taxation and superannuation laws.

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