The federal govt is sitting down on a big assessment it commissioned two many years in the past to check out improved techniques to shield and regulate the identity facts of Australians.

The assessment of national preparations for the defense and management of identity facts was released in Oct 2018 to inform the government’s up coming identity method.

Led by previous Attorney-General’s Division secretary Roger Wilkins, it was to determine how to improve the government’s defense and management of identity facts.

One particular focus place was how identity files and qualifications that are “most normally relied upon as proof of a person’s identity” are issued, employed and managed.

The assessment was expected to choose just two months to finish, nevertheless this was subsequently pushed out by yet another six months, with the last report handed to govt in mid-2019.

But a lot more than a year has now passed considering the fact that the assessment was concluded, and the government is continue to ready to publicly launch its results or any of the general public submissions.

It is also two many years considering the fact that the assessment formally kicked off. In that time, the value of identity criminal offense in Australia has risen from $2 billion to $3.1 billion a year. 

The Division of Home Affairs informed iTnews the assessment “remains less than consideration” and will inform a potential national identity method, nevertheless it would not comment on any particulars.

“The govt is dedicated to preserving Australians from identity criminal offense and to producing it simpler for individuals to verify their identities when accessing govt and other expert services,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The government’s recent identity method has not been updated considering the fact that 2012.

The spokesperson also would not say no matter if delays to the passage of the Id-matching Companies Monthly bill 2019 had impacted the launch of the assessment.

The legal guidelines, which will make way for the proposed facial biometrics matching plan, stalled in Oct 2019 following a bipartisan parliamentary committee requested a rewrite.

Previously this week, the govt dedicated a even more $256.6 million in direction of the Govpass digital identity method – a lot more than doubling its investment over the earlier five many years.

Even with a lot more than $210 million used on the method to day, there have been challenges integrating the myGovID credential with the govt expert services portal myGov.

The Australian Taxation Place of work is also to come to a decision on the anti-spoofing program, or ‘liveness solution’ that will underpin myGovID and stop the development of fraudulent identities. 

The program will also permit myGovID consumers to access a lot more confidential expert services that demand a greater identity proofing level.