Creating a Govpass digital identity

We have been building a solution which will allow you to create a digital identity to use with government services.

Many people would like the choice of being able to access government services online.

At the moment, even if you can do part of the process online, you still need to take 100 points of ID to a government service centre to have your identity checked in person.

Govpass will let you complete this process entirely online on your computer, phone or tablet.

How it works

To create your Govpass you’ll be asked to enter details from some of your identity documents — such as your Australian birth certificate, passport, driver’s licence and Medicare card. This information will be used to verify your identity.

The details for these documents will be checked against existing government records within seconds. For example, your Medicare card details will be checked with the Medicare office and your birth certificate will be verified against the records of the state where you were born.

You’ll also need to confirm that you match your photo ID. You’ll be able to do this online, using the camera on your device. Your photo will be checked against the photo ID you provided, and then Govpass deletes it.

Create once, use it over and over

You’ll only have to go through this process once to create your Govpass digital identity. The whole process takes between 5 and 10 minutes.

Your Govpass will be trusted by government services online. You’ll be able to use it over and over again, each time you use a different government service.

Govpass is currently being tested privately with a few select services. Next year it is expected that it will be tested with a broader number of services and users.

Watch the video to see how easy it will be to set up a Govpass.

Read Assistant Minister Taylor’s media release about Govpass.

You can read more about the DTA’s work on digital identity:

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