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Australia’s Digital Identity legislation

Public consultation on the exposure draft of the Trusted Digital Identity Bill and related legislative instruments took place between 1 and 27 October, 2021 (5.00pm AEDT).

The release of the exposure draft followed extensive consultation on the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) and the legislation to ensure that it reflects a broad range of community views. 

The legislation consultation comprised three stages:

Phase 1 - Consultation Paper, Phase 2 - Position Paper; Phase 3 - Exposure draft. Following these stages, legislation will be introduced to Parliament

The purposes of the legislation are to:

  • enable the expansion of the Australian Government Digital Identity System, specifically to enable greater participation by state and territory governments and the private sector
  • 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 permanent governance arrangements and a strong regulatory regime.

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

We are currently reviewing the feedback we received and will publish information about the submissions we received before the legislation is introduced to Parliament.

Digital Identity legislation consultation phases (now closed)

  • Phase 3 (1 – 27 October 2021)
    Consultation on the exposure draft of the Trusted Digital Identity Bill 2021 and related legislative instruments.
  • Phase 2 (10 June – 14 July 2021)
    Public consultation on our Position Paper on Australia’s Digital Identity legislation.
  • Phase 1 (16 November – 18 December 2020)
    Public consultation on Australia’s Digital Identity legislation. A Background and Consultation Paper detailing a range of issues relating to the proposed Digital Identity legislation were developed as part of this consultation. 

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