Have your say on proposed Digital Identity legislation

November 20 2020
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Whether you are a business owner, a student, an apprentice or a parent, the benefits of using your Digital Identity are real.

Over the weeks ahead, all of you will be invited to have your say about the future of Digital Identity in Australia. We’re asking you to take part in the public consultation for potential new legislation to support the Australian Government’s Digital Identity system.  

It’s important for us to hear from you as we consider how to enhance the governance of the Digital Identity system, and embed privacy and consumer safeguards to best protect you if you choose to use it. Digital Identity Legislation will allow you to access state, territory and private sector services in the future using your Digital Identity. 

There are already strong laws that protect your privacy, regardless of what online systems you choose to use. Digital Identity is bound by a strict set of rules governed by the Trusted Digital Identity Framework, or TDIF. These rules, and existing laws, have allowed people like you to use Digital Identity to access Commonwealth services. 

Digital Identity Legislation is needed for Digital Identity to evolve and become a whole-of-economy system that offers access to both public and private sector services. With legislation in place, privacy and consumer protections cannot change without public scrutiny, which we believe would give Digital Identity the extra level of integrity the community has come to expect. This is about making sure the high standards we enjoy today are still in place tomorrow.  

Digital Identity is constantly tested with real people and businesses who trial the services offered before they’re more widely introduced. We’ve listened to thousands of Australians just like you along the way. In doing so, we understand how Digital Identity works from your perspective, and continuously adjust and improve it where necessary. 

At the end of the day, the decision to create and use your Digital Identity is up to you. If you can’t or don’t want to use it, you can still access government services through other channels. The choice is yours. 

So far, Australia’s response has been overwhelmingly positive. More than 1.8 million Digital Identities have been created through the Australian Government’s myGovID. This allows for faster and more convenient access to around 70 different government services. 

People are already making the most of Digital Identity to create a Unique Student Identifier, and manage it, simply and securely. Thousands of Digital Identities are also being used to login to PRODA accounts and gain easier access to online health, education and disability services, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.  

Digital Identity can save you time and money individually and help businesses improve their efficiency and productivity. In the future, you’ll be able to use it for a much wider range of tasks such as opening a bank account, applying for a loan, or putting in a lease application for a rental property. 

By encrypting your personal information and storing it in Australia, you can be sure it remains safe and secure. Digital Identity also reduces the risk of fraud, which is not only stressful and inconvenient but costs Australians an estimated $900 million every year. 

We want to shape Digital Identity to be the best system it can be for all Australians and Australian businesses. Consultation is now closed.

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

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