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Income figure included on file
The income figure recorded on the data matching file for each person matched, is the person's excess income. That is the assessed income of the person, less the applicable income free area. For a member of a couple, that means the excess income of the individual.
Subtraction of the free area is applied before recording the income figure on the data to be transmitted.
Privacy provisions require that only an income total is advised to DH&FS and no breakdown of that income total is included.