Phase 3 - Legislation consultation

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Consultation on the exposure draft of the Trusted Digital Identity Bill and related legislative instruments

Consultation on Phase 3 of Australia’s Digital Identity legislation took place between 1 and 27 October 2021.

On 1 October 2021, the Hon. Stuart Robert MP, former Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business released the exposure draft of the Trusted Digital Identity Bill and related legislative instruments for public consultation.   

The purposes of the draft legislation are to:

  • allow state and territory and private sector to participate in the Australian Government Digital Identity System
  • enshrine in law various privacy and consumer protections, so that Australians can have confidence in the System and know that their personal information is safe and secure
  • establish governance arrangements and strong regulation of organisations that provide services in the System to further protect Australians
  • expand TDIF accreditation to other governments and the private sector.

Our Digital Identity legislation: What is it? fact sheet has further information [Word 124KB] [PDF 195KB]. 

Information relating to this phase of the public consultation is below. We aim to provide documents in an accessible format. If you require a more accessible format, please contact us

  • Your guide to the Digital Identity legislation

  • Trusted Digital Identity Bill 2021 exposure draft 
  • Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) Accreditation Rules  
  • Trusted Digital Identity Rules  
  • Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)

Exposure draft webinar

During the consultation period, we hosted a webinar for stakeholders about the draft legislation. In this webinar we explain what the legislation covers, and why it is needed. In particular, we explain how it will protect the privacy and security of your personal information, if you choose to get a Digital Identity. 

Read the transcript

Submissions

We heard from a range of Australians, including individuals and small businesses during consultation on the exposure draft.

Much of the feedback we received highlighted just how important privacy, security, personal control and choice are to Australians. Australians are opposed to any legislation which impinges on their privacy or choice and control of their identity information.

Responses focused on the following themes:

  • Choice: creating and using a Digital Identity should be a choice, now and in the future
  • Access: some people don’t have access to devices, don’t want devices, or can’t use devices, so non-digital ways of interacting with Australian Government services should be provided
  • Privacy: your data and personal information remains private
  • Security: your data should be secure and safe from hackers, especially when it comes to biometric information
  • Profiling including for advertising purposes: making sure Digital Identity isn’t, and won’t, become a system used to track and link your activity 

Many of the themes raised are addressed directly by the Bill (as well as existing legislation including the Privacy Act), including:

  • creating and using a Digital Identity is, and will remain, a choice
  • you will still be able to access Australian Government services in person or over the phone
  • your data and personal information can only be shared with government, businesses and other services if you say it’s okay
  • prohibitions on profiling (including from law enforcement) and ensuring data can’t be sold
  • prohibitions that mean it can’t be used to track your online activity
  • not having one single database where data is stored.

For more information see Chapter 4, Part 2, Division 2 - Additional privacy safeguards and Chapter 2, Part 2, Division 4 - Other matters relating to the trusted digital identity system.

The DTA also received 71 submissions from industry, government, advocacy bodies and peak bodies.

Their feedback centred on ensuring the harmonisation of the Bill with other legislation and regulatory requirements, as well as clarity of obligations for accredited participants versus those onboarded to the System.

Of these, the authors of the following 50 submissions agreed to make their feedback public:

The draft legislation aims to further protect Australians and their privacy and data, above and beyond what is in place today, and underpins a whole-of-economy Australian Government Digital Identity System that Australians can trust and have confidence in.

Set it up once, and then reuse it whenever you are asked to prove who you are.

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