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A ABN is available if someone is in business.
The ATO has various ways of keeping track if someone has a ABN and not in business eg business income/expenses on a individual Tax Return.
It is the ATO's responsibility to cancel ABN's when someone is not in business.
I understand that it is ATO policy to write before cancelling a ABN.
There is a long standing discussion in tax as to when a hobby becomes a business.
I understand that someone with a hobby may be able to provide a Statement by a Supplier.
As macfanboy correctly states, a taxpayer must declare all assessable income.
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