$67 million for digital identity

The Federal Government has committed a further $67.2 million from this year's Budget to MyGovID, which will work as the digital equivalent of a 100-point ID check.

The investment is set to "accelerate" the development of the project which had its first pilot program begin in October, led by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

The new funding will allow the digital identity system to continue to be tested and expanded across the eight pilots previously announced. The new funds come on top of $92 million allocated for MyGovID in last year’s budget.

Ultimately, myGovID is planned to replace AUSkey, a login used to identify someone using a participating government online services on behalf of a business. AUSkey will continue to be supported and available until is decommissioned by March 2020.

The Government last week launched a new resource, the Sharing Data Safely brochure, at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) ministerial forum.

The brochure describes Australia’s data as “a significant national asset with the potential to inform policy development, evaluate programs, contribute to economic growth and support innovation”.

But government agencies are also responsible for keeping the data they store safe, the resource says, setting out key principles around appropriate sharing, security and maintaining privacy.

The government is also developing new new data release and sharing laws that contain security and privacy safeguards, as well as establishing a National Data Advisory Council to advise the National Data Commissioner on ethical data use, community expectations, technical best practice and industry and national developments.

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