The Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation, Michael Keenan and the Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall have committed to collaborate on Australia’s digital identity program.
A digital identity will allow people to access online government services more easily — from anywhere, at any time.
Our goal is to give people and businesses easy access to the services they need, when they need them, in a more flexible, easy and safe environment. We also want to be able to make more government services available online.
At the moment the digital identity system is being tested with a number of Commonwealth Government services, including tax file number applications.
As we design, test and improve the system we’re thinking about how it can be used for other services. We know that people don’t care which level of government is providing a service, they just want it to be simple to access and easy to use.
We have engaged with state and local governments as well as the private sector to make sure the system we are delivering will provide a safe and consistent experience, no matter who is providing the service.
Working across all levels of government is crucial to the delivery of a digital identity system which meets the needs of the people who use it.
The memorandum of understanding signed on Friday lays the foundation for our continued collaboration, promotes the sharing of information, research and technical information and supports the development of new products.