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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) operates the Australian Business Register (ABR) website. A range of security controls is applied to protect the website from unauthorised access, and information is protected while it is collected by, stored on or passing through the ABR website.
In spite of these protections, users should be aware that the internet is an insecure public network that gives rise to a potential risk of a user’s transactions being viewed, intercepted or modified by third parties, or that files which the user downloads may contain computer viruses, disabling codes, worms or other devices or defects.
The ABR accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to a user’s computer system, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this website or its use. Users are encouraged to take appropriate and adequate precautions to ensure that whatever is selected from this site is free of viruses or other contamination that may interfere with or damage the user’s computer system, software or data (see also the Disclaimer statement).
Where connection to a system outside the control of the ABR website compromises the objectives of this statement, the ABR personnel will take steps to rectify the situation.
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The ABR website has two forms of protection:
Precautions are taken to help ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the data transmitted to and from the ABR’s web servers. Users can be confident that the information supplied is unlikely to be read by anyone other than ABR personnel or tampered with while in transit to the ABR. Information will be only used for the purposes which the law authorises (see also the Privacy statement).
It is intended that users of the ABR website will be able to determine whether, at any given time, they are interacting with ABR website.
A user can confirm they are interacting with the ABR website by checking the digital certificate used to provide SSL encryption. This can be checked by clicking on the SSL padlock located along the bottom of the browser window. The user should confirm the following:
How these details are displayed depends on the type of browser being used.
Some transactions will provide the user with a 'receipt' after a transaction is submitted. The receipt is intended to inform the user that the transaction has been successfully processed by the ABR site to which it has been sent. Transactions which provide receipts are clearly identified at the outset, so that the user will know what kind of receipt to expect and what to do if one is not received.
ABR personnel will undertake auditing and logging of all security related events, including the recording of all necessary information to identify the causes of an event and the person or entity which was responsible for the event. Where a malicious event occurs, steps will be taken to minimise the risk of such an event from occurring in the future. Such steps may lead to further investigation and possible prosecution.
Taxation Acts have secrecy provisions that prohibit ABR personnel, any officer of the ATO or any other government department from accessing, recording or disclosing anyone's taxation information except in performing their duties or in specific situations permitted by taxation laws. The Crimes Act 1914 also governs Australian Government agencies and their personnel’s use and disclose of information. There are severe penalties for breaking these provisions.
Personal information will not be released unless the law permits it or permission is given. The ABR website is a secure environment and a reliable system but users should be aware that there may be inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the internet. For those who do not wish to use the internet, there are alternative ways of obtaining and providing information. For more information you can telephone the ATO on 13 28 66 between 8:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.
The electronic version of this document is the only authorised version
Last updated: 26/11/2012
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