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Annual Report

Purpose: To enable the transfer of applications for benefits and pensions, and advise of changes in circumstances between New Zealand and Malta.

Malta disclosure to MSD: includes full name, date of birth, marital status, address, entitlement information and Maltese Identity Card and Social Security numbers.

MSD disclosure to Malta: includes full name, date of birth, marital status, address, entitlement and New Zealand Client Number.

Compliance: Compliant.

Technical information

Authorising provisions Social Welfare (Reciprocity Agreements, and New Zealand Artificial Limb Service) Act 1990, ss. 19C and 19D and Social Welfare (Reciprocity with Malta) Order 2013[1]
Year authorised 2013
Year commenced 2013
Programme type Confirming eligibility
Unique identifiers Maltese Identity Card and Social Security numbers and NZ social welfare numbers

System description

This programme relating to arrangements between Malta and New Zealand and can be considered the 'foundation' match because it is used when people are entered into the respective systems.

When a person first applies in New Zealand for a pension and indicates possible entitlement to a Maltese pension, MSD forward the appropriate completed forms and supporting documents (or confirmed copies) to the Maltese Department of Social Security.  When MSD receive confirmation back from Malta, the client's record can be updated in SWIFTT.  Changes in eligibility with potential adverse consequences will cause SWIFTT to generate a notice of adverse action under the authorising law (similar to a s.103 notice).  This is sent to the affected individuals enabling them to correct any mismatch and confirm their entitlements.

Recent activity:

  2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
NZ residents with Maltese pensions (as at July) 3 4 7
NZ Superannuation recipients living in Malta (as at July) 2 2 3
Notices of adverse action 0 2 0
Challenges 0 0 0

[1]  Although not information matching provisions listed in the Privacy Act, Schedule 3, programmes operated under these provisions are required to be treated as if they were authorised information matching programmes for most purposes - see Social Welfare (Reciprocity Agreements, and New Zealand Artificial Limb Service) Act 1990, s.19D(3)(b).