An officer of the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Social Security Act 1991 or the Department administered by the Minister who administers the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 , the * Chief Executive Centrelink, a Departmental employee (within the meaning of the Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997 ), the * Chief Executive Medicare or a Departmental employee (within the meaning of the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 ) commits an offence if he or she:
(a) acquires * protected information for the purposes of this Act; and
(b) makes a record of, discloses or otherwise uses the information for a purpose that is neither a purpose for which it was acquired nor a purpose in respect of which the person to whom the information relates has given written consent.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.
Note: Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.