25 September 2023

Testing time for Digital identity

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The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has begun testing its digital identity program (myGovID) with real people and real services.

The DTA said it had been working across Government to deliver a safe and secure digital identity program which included the Commonwealth’s digital identity provider, myGovID.

In a statement, the Agency said myGovID was being built and delivered in an agile way. It would be testing and refining the system in controlled environments before it became more widely available.

Announcing the launch of the first pilot program, DTA said myGovID would be tested with a new online system for tax file number (TFN) applications.

“This is the first time myGovID will be used by real people for a real service, and using real data,” the Agency said.

“The current process for applying for a TFN involves completing a form, printing it and then taking it with your identity documents to a Post Office.

“The myGovID pilot brings this entire process online, reducing the waiting time for a TFN from up to a month to just minutes.”

The DTA said participants in the pilot would be the first people to set up a myGovID, and to use it for a real service.

“More pilots with different Government services will follow over the coming months, allowing more people and businesses to get a myGovID and test the program,” it said.

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