Health Legislation Amendment (Data-matching) Bill 2019

Closed 11 Oct 2019

Opened 23 Sep 2019


While the vast majority of Medicare providers do the right thing, the Department of Health (the Department) has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the Medicare health payments system through prevention, identification and treatment of fraudulent and incorrect claiming. In order to better detect fraud and incorrect claiming the Department proposes improved data matching and sharing arrangements through changes to legislation.

This consultation guide is published to assist health practitioners, members of the public, peak bodies and professional associations to scrutinise the proposed legislation and participate in the consultation process. The following reference materials have been provided to assist with this consultation:

  • Consultation Guide;
  • Exposure Draft Health Legislation Amendment (Data-matching) Bill 2019;
  • Exposure Draft Health Legislation Amendment (Permitted Information Disclosure) Regulations 2019;
  • Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Executive Summary; and
  • Departmental response to the PIA.

The legislative package is not final. The Department welcomes comment regarding all aspects of the proposed changes and this feedback will inform the final form of the legislative package introduced to Parliament. Feedback and comments can be provided to the Department via the consultation page or by email by 11 October 2019.




More Information

Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and the Australian Privacy Principles, and is being collected by the Department, via Citizen Space, for the purposes of conducting a consultation process in relation to the Bill. The Department will collect your personal information at the time that you provide a submission, unless you choose to make a submission anonymously, and you are not reasonably identifiable from the information provided in your submission.

If you consent, the Department may, at its discretion, publish part or all of your submission on the Department’s website. If your submission is published, the Department may identify you and/or your organisation as the author of the submission, if you consent to being identified.  Please note that your email address will not be published and responses may be moderated to remove content that is inappropriate/offensive, or contains sensitive information.

Submissions which have been published on the Department’s website can be accessed by the general public, including people overseas and may be shared with other government agencies where relevant.  Ordinarily, where the Department discloses personal information to an overseas recipient, Australian Privacy Principle (APP) 8.1 requires the Department to take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipients does not breach the APPs. However, if you consent to the publication of your submission, APP 8.1 will not apply to this disclosure and the Department will not be accountable under the Privacy Act for any subsequent use or disclosure of the submission by an overseas recipient, and you will not be able to seek redress under the Privacy Act.

You should not include information in your submission about another individual who is identified, or reasonably identifiable.

You can get more information about the way in which the Department will manage your personal information, including our privacy policy, at

By making a submission, I acknowledge that:

  • I understand that the giving of my consent is entirely voluntary
  • I am over the age of 18 years
  • I understand the purpose of the collection, use, publication or disclosure of my submission
  • I understand that copyright in the content of my submission will vest in the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Where relevant, I have obtained the consent of any individuals whose personal information is included in my submission, to the Department collecting this information for the purposes outlined in this notice
  • I understand that, where I have provided consent to my submission being published, the Department has complete discretion as to whether my submission, in full or part, will be published.

What happens next

The consultation has closed. Submissions on the Exposure Draft Bill were considered to inform the Bill as introduced in Parliament.



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