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Australian digital ministers agree to ‘explore’ national ID system

(by Joseph Brookes| – Australia’s digital and data ministers have agreed to “actively explore” a national digital identity system, stepping up the language of previous commitments ahead of Tuesday’s budget.

The federal government has poured $450 million into its digital identity system but has missed its own deadlines for introducing legislation to expand it to states, territories and the private sector.

The system was discussed on Friday by ministers from the Commonwealth and six of the states and territories, who also agreed to improve national data collection, reporting and sharing.

In previous Data and Digital Ministers Meetings a national digital identity has been discussed, with a focus on using it for federated services and cross border credentials among other economic opportunities.

According to a communiqué released after the latest “extraordinary” meeting on Friday, the ministers are now “actively exploring” the national system.

“Ministers agreed to actively explore adopting a national digital identity ecosystem. All governments are working closely to turn this commitment into tangible benefits for all Australians,” the communiqué, circulated by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, said. Read Full Article >

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