Digital ID Australia


Australia introduces the Digital ID bill. With an already strong identity management regime, the Digital ID Bill seeks to bolster existing arrangements. The key change in Identity is the “digital” element. This is where a networks of identity accredited parties will be governed through ACCC digital platforms.

The Digital ID Bill is funded by $145.5 million in new money. This is appropriated to:

  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – $67 million over two-and-a-half years (2023-24) “for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to perform interim regulatory functions under the Digital ID legislation from 1 July 2024.”
  • Attorney-General’s Department – $56 million over four years for the Attorney-General’s Department “for the continued operation of the Identity Matching Services” and “a further $3.3 million to enhance the Credential Protection Register to enable the Government to respond to future data breaches and support and protect victims of identity crime (as previously announced as part of the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy).”
  • Funding for key priorities including ICT updates to myGovID, communications to improve individual and business awareness and understanding of Digital ID, supporting the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to prepare for its privacy oversight role of Digital ID and enabling the Department of the Treasury to support the ACCC to deliver its Digital ID functions and scope options for a data and digital regulator.

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