25 September 2023

DTA gives identity a second look

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The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has released the second part of its framework for creating digital identities for members of the community interacting with Government.

The new rules, which are now available for public comment, set out the support that will be necessary for people who require extra help.

The DTA said its Trusted Digital Identity Framework set out the rules and requirements needed to build a nationally consistent approach to digital identity in Australia.

“Late last year, we released the first part of the framework for feedback,” DTA said.

“That first release followed more than two years of research and consultation and set out the requirements for how we establish a digital identity for individuals, accredit others to be part of the digital identity system, and protect privacy and security.”

It said it received more than 1,000 comments through online contributions and face-to-face meetings.

“Those responses helped us simplify the information from 14 documents to 10,” DTA said.

“We encourage everyone to look at the final documents and read a summary of the feedback.”

It said the second release included technical information as well as describing the support available for people creating a digital identity when they needed extra help.

“To prove who you are online, you need certain types of official documents and access to technology,” the DTA said.

“Not everybody has this.”

It said, for example, people may have only recently arrived in Australia, been married and changed their name, or have no access to a smartphone.

Details relating to the new set of rules can be accessed at this PS News link where comments can also be lodged.

Feedback on the rules is required by 12 July.

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