Other safeguards

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Choice

The decision to create and use a Digital Identity is up to you.

If you can’t use Digital Identity, or don’t want to, you can keep accessing government services on the phone or in person at government shop fronts across the country. 

How will this be addressed in the proposed legislation?

The Australian Government would like to ensure that you have a choice of how to prove your identity to access services. The proposed legislation will consider if a choice should be offered if you can’t, or don’t want to, use Digital Identity. 

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Penalties

The use of a Digital Identity involves the exchange of sensitive and personal information when a person is seeking to verify their identity online.

Commonwealth legislation prohibits agencies from disclosing sensitive and other personal information. The Privacy Act promotes and protects the privacy of individuals and would cover many Digital Identity transactions. This Act includes a range of enforcement and regulatory powers.

How will this be addressed in the proposed legislation?

There are already a range of penalties in place to prevent the disclosure or misuse of your personal or other information. The proposed legislation will consider what, if any, additional safeguards should be included. 

Age requirements

Currently, the sole identity provider, myGovID requires people to be 15 years or older to create a Digital Identity.

How will this be addressed in the proposed legislation?

The proposed legislation will consider if a minimum age should be set to create a Digital Identity.

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

How to create your Digital Identity
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