Fourth release of the Trusted Digital Identity Framework

4 May 2020

The fourth release of the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) comprises 13 policies, addressing everything needed to create a reusable digital identity. It includes alternative approaches for people who can’t use an online process to create a digital identity, and those who need to work with government on behalf of a business.

The Minister for Government services, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, approved the fourth release of the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) on 20 April 2020.

We’ve overhauled the documents and structure to:

  • separate guidance from requirements
  • remove the mandatory language of SHOULD and SHOULD NOT
  • include biometric verification requirements
  • expand the accreditation process to support providers undergoing accreditation that do not join the Australian Government’s identity federation

We have also added 2 new identity proofing levels. These support the commercial sector, which may have slightly different identity proofing needs from government agencies.

Stakeholder engagement and consultation

We met regularly with stakeholders while drafting the fourth TDIF release. We received more than 2,450 comments over 3 rounds of consultation. View a summary of the broad changes made to the fourth release of the TDIF.

We believe stakeholder feedback made a significant contribution to the improvements to the TDIF. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and support during its development.

About the TDIF

The TDIF provides a comprehensive set of requirements, establishing a nationally consistent approach to accrediting, governing, and operating digital identities in Australia. It makes sure people have a simple, safe, and secure way to connect with government digitally.

We will review the TDIF again by July 2022. We will record any changes we need to make to the TDIF before this in a change management document and publish it on this website.

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