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7. Weighting of evidence
When applications for Tier status classification are being determined all of the evidence available is considered and the decision maker must be satisfied that on the balance of probability, the available evidence satisfies the eligibility criteria.
Primary and secondary evidence is given the highest weighting. If official records are not available or provide insufficient evidence to make a determination, statutory declarations may be considered in the decision making process.
The weighting of evidence may be affected where evidence is found that contradicts the claims made.