FB pixel

Australia Post accredited as trusted provider for government digital identity service

Australia Post accredited as trusted provider for government digital identity service
 

Australia’s federal government has approved the digital identification service provided by Australia Post, which includes facial biometrics as a “trusted identity service provider” under the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), ZDNet reports.

The Australia Post Digital ID solution offers identity verification with biometric facial recognition, among other methods, and is the second identity service to be accredited, after the federal government’s myGovID.

The Trusted Digital Identity Framework initiative was launched in 2017 by the government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), in collaboration with the postal service, which said at the time it would create a proof of concept to integrate its Digital ID with the Commonwealth Digital Identity Framework, according to ZDNet. The system, which is intended to complement the GovPass platform, reached public beta testing in February, 2018. GovPass received a boost of more than AU$67 million (US$46.6 million) in the 2019-2020 budget to continue its advance towards a full roll-out.

Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert says version four of the TDIF will be released at the end of this year, focussing on increasing the opportunity for interoperability across the broader economy.

“The introduction of Australia Post as a second identity provider into the digital identity system is one of the foundational steps needed for the system to develop into a true whole of economy solution,” states Robert.

At hearings in November, DTA CDO Peter Alexander said that the Department of Human Services (now known as Services Australia), Australia Post, and the Australian Taxation Office will initially be responsible for GovPass.

“They hold a lot of identity data already,” Alexander said at the time. “It could easily be extended to jurisdictional providers and commercial providers, who are talking to banks, the Australian payment network, and others who can provide identity.”

Both GovPass and myGovID pilots began in late-2018.

The new Biometrics Institute Industry Survey shows concern that biometrics use is growing too rapidly for existing controls to be effective is particularly high in Australia and New Zealand.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News

 

The UK’s election may spell out the future of its national ID cards

Identity cards are back among the UK’s top controversial topics – thanks to the upcoming elections and its focus on…

 

Challenges in face biometrics addressed with new tech and research amid high stakes

Big biometrics contracts and deals were the theme of several of the stories on that drew the most interest from…

 

Online age verification debates continue in Canada, EU, India

Introducing age verification to protect children online remains a hot topic across the globe: Canada is debating the Online Harms…

 

Login.gov adds selfie biometrics for May pilot

America’s single-sign on system for government benefits and services, Login.gov, is getting a face biometrics option for enhanced identity verification…

 

BIPA one step closer to seeing its first major change since 2008 inception

On Thursday, a bipartisan majority in the Illinois Senate approved the first major change to Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act…

 

Identity verification industry mulls solutions to flood of synthetic IDs

The advent of AI-powered generators such as OnlyFake, which creates realistic-looking photos of fake IDs for only US$15, has stirred…

Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read From This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events