Australian Government Consultation of Digital ID Bill 2023

Digital Identity | Oct 15, 2023

The Australian Government has released drafts of the Digital ID
Bill 2023, the Digital ID Rules and the Digital ID Accreditation Rules for public consultation by Oct31, 2023

This article explores the key aspects of the bill and its implications for digital identity management in online transactions.

The Essence of the Digital ID Bill 2023

The primary objective of this bill is to offer individuals a straightforward, inclusive, and convenient mechanism to verify their identity during online transactions with government and businesses, ensuring the security of their personal information.

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Benefits of Digital ID

  • The Digital ID aims to augment online safety, a priority underscored by Senator the Hon Kay Gallagher, Minister for Finance, Women and the Public Service. The initiative is particularly pertinent considering that 47% of Australians surveyed were informed by an organization that their personal information was involved in a data breach in the previous year.
  • Notably, the Digital ID is not a card or a unique number but a method to verify one’s identity online against existing government-held identity documents without requiring physical information.

Impact of the Proposed Legislation

  • The legislation facilitates the expansion of the Australian Government Digital ID System (AGDIS). While many Australians currently utilize MyGovID, an accredited Digital ID provider, to access various government services, the proposed reforms will provide Australians with more choices in accredited state and territory Digital ID providers.
  • The legislation mandates that the use of Digital IDs within the AGDIS should be voluntary for individuals, especially when accessing government services. Additionally, entities accredited under the reforms must adhere to additional privacy safeguards, including prohibitions on the use of single identifiers and restrictions on the collection and use of biometrics and other personal information.

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Protections and Regulatory Oversight

The proposed legislation introduces new requirements for entities desiring to participate in the AGDIS, such as specific requirements for cyber and fraud incident reporting, data localization, and liability and charging in the system. The legislation establishes an independent regulator of Digital ID, initially slated to be the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, responsible for accrediting Digital ID services and approving services that can participate in the AGDIS.

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