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What does 'if any' mean in the legal context below?

When the Registrar receives under subsection 33(1), 34(1) or 35(1) or (2) an application or notice (as the case may be) from the payee or payer of a registrable maintenance liability, the Registrar must, make such variations (if any) to the particulars entered in the Child Support Register in relation to the liability...

My interpretation would be that 'if any' means that there may be a possibility that the Registrar could decide not to make variations to the Child Support Register. Am I correct? Thank you. Looking forward to your suggestions.

  • can you provide the whole paragraph? – Alan Apr 16 '15 at 13:17
  • Hi, Alan, it's from Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 (Australia). 36 Registrar to vary Child Support Register on receipt of notification or application (1) When the Registrar receives under subsection 33(1), 34(1) or 35(1) or (2) an application or notice (as the case may be) from the payee or payer of a registrable maintenance liability, the Registrar must, make such variations (if any) to the particulars entered in the Child Support Register in relation to the liability as the Registrar considers necessary or desirable to: – Briz Trav Apr 17 '15 at 2:38
  • (a) enable the relevant order or maintenance agreement to be given effect to under this Act; or (b) take account of the happening of the relevant affecting event; as the case requires. – Briz Trav Apr 17 '15 at 2:38
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If any is being used as an ellipsis of If there are any. It's saying the Registrar must make variations if there are any variations, but it's entirely possible that there are not any variations to make.

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