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Privacy for agencies

Annual Report

Purpose: To enable MSD to suspend or reduce the benefits of people who have an outstanding warrant to arrest for criminal proceedings.

Justice disclosure to MSD: Justice provides MSD with the full name (and alias details), date of birth, address, Justice unique identifier and warrant to arrest details.

Compliance: Compliant.
Technical information

Information matching provision Social Security Act 1964, s.126AC
Year authorised 2013
Year commenced 2013
Programme type Confirming eligibility
Unique identifiers Justice unique identifier
Online transfers Yes

System description
Each day Justice extract Warrants to Arrest information based on the following criteria:

  • the warrant must be at least 28 days old
  • the defendant may not have name suppression
  • the defendant must be at least 17 years old as at the date of the extract
  • the warrant is a defendant in criminal proceedings only
  • the warrant must not be issued in the Youth Court
  • the defendant must not have a confidential Justice name and address.

Justice provides MSD, by secure online transfer, the full name (and alias details), date of birth, address, Justice unique identifier and warrant to arrest details for individuals that have met the selection criteria.

MSD compare the Justice information against MSD held information based on full name and date of birth.  The matching process takes into account any transposition between first and second name and specific digit transposition errors which occur with date of birth information.

All singular exact matches are processed automatically.  All other potential matches are manually verified before any adverse action process is initiated.

Recent activity:

  2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Match runs 288 300 308
Records received for matching 5,703,104 5,454,226 5,543,947
Possible matches identified 4,723 4,595 6,011
Notices of adverse action 4,553 4,398 5,812
Warrants cleared 3,867 4,358 5,469
Warrants cleared without benefit suspension or reduction 3,158 3,523 4,226
Warrants cleared with benefit suspension or reduction 709 835 1,243
Warrants not cleared and benefit has remained suspended/cancelled 455 242 326
Overpayments established 0 0 0
Successful challenges 0 0 1