Government progresses plans for national online digital identity – October 2017

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The federal Government is asking industry for final feedback on a framework of standards for an opt-in digital identity for Australians.

The framework, now in private beta phase, sets out the policies and requirements for a nationally-consistent approach to online identity in Australia.

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the standards would establish best practice for the Australian public and private sectors.

“We’ve been working with key stakeholders, including government, industry and privacy advocates over the past 12 months to draft this framework,” Mr Taylor said.

“It includes robust rules for accrediting identity providers and standards to prove an identity.

“It lays out privacy, security, risk and fraud management requirements, as well as standards for usability and accessibility.”

Mr Taylor said the framework would sit alongside technology being built by the Digital Transformation Agency, the Govpass platform, which would allow individuals and businesses to choose a secure solution to prove themselves online.

“Govpass will solve one of the biggest barriers for the public in terms of doing business online with government —the ability for a user to easily prove who they are.”

Govpass is being tested on the Australian Taxation Office’s new online tax file number application service, also in beta phase.

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