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Annual Report

: To identify current clients who have married so that MSD can update client records and reassess their eligibility for benefits and allowances.

BDM disclosure to MSD: BDM provides marriage information covering the week prior to the extraction date. The marriage details include the full names of each spouse (including name at birth if different from current name), their birth dates and addresses, and registration and marriage dates.

Compliance: Compliant.

Technical information

Information matching provision Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1955, s78A
Year authorised 2001
Year commenced 2005
Programme type Confirming eligibility
Online transfers Yes

System description
Each week, BDM provides MSD with the details of newly married individuals. The marriage details include marriage registration date, marriage date and first name, surname, date of birth and address for both spouses. To retrieve the BDM file, MSD uses an encrypted connection to access the DIA web server via the Government Logon Service (GLS).

MSD compares the marriage information with its active client data. The matching process produces match results that are weighted to indicate the probability that an MSD client is the person on the marriages register.

The match results are transferred into MSD's data matching case management system, AIMOS where they are manually checked before any action is taken. These preliminary checks may reveal, for instance, that the beneficiary has already notified MSD of the marriage.

Recent activity 

  2011/12  2012/13   2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
New match runs started in the reporting period          
Match runs 52 52 52 52 53
Records compared 22,527 22,595 45,377 46,627 46,718
Client cases 2,887 2,570 2,062 1,987 1,857
All match runs active in the reporting period          
Legitimate cases 1,728 1,288 801 833 719
Notices of adverse action 1,169 1,297 1,261 1,190 1,153
Overpayments established (number) 486 431 374 551 655
Overpayments established $730,087 $382,733 $304,360 $493,301 $457,171
Successful challenges 1  5  1 0 0