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AGED CARE ACT 1997 - SECT 86.7

Limits on use of protected information by certain Departments

                   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.



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