Public Consultation open for the 4th release of the TDIF

11 December 2019

We’ve opened the fourth release of the Trusted Digital Identity Framework for public consultation.

The Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) sits across the digital identity program to make sure we have a consistent approach to usability, accessibility, privacy protection, fraud control, security and more.

We published the third release of the framework earlier this year. This included support for people who need to act on behalf of a business.

We’ve since applied the TDIF against all 4 accreditation roles. We’ve learned a lot about the strengths of the framework and where it needs improvement.

After working with our providers for several months, we’ve completed an overhaul of the TDIF. The main updates in this release include:

Content changes

  • 2 new Identity Proofing Levels have been added, IP 1 PLUS and IP 2 PLUS. The aim of these levels is to support the commercial sector who may have slightly different identity proofing needs from government agencies.
  • We’ve expanded the Accreditation Process to support providers that undergo accreditation and do not join the government’s identity federation.
  • We’ve reduced the number of requirements from approximately 700 to less than 400.
  • A Glossary of Abbreviations has been added to the Glossary of Terms.
  • We’ve completely rewritten the Fraud Control Requirements to directly align with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework.
  • Accreditation providers will need to implement the Government’s Essential 8 and advise us which other controls from the Information Security Manual they’ve implemented.
  • Hundreds of other minor content changes.

Structural changes

  • A complete overhaul of the documents and structure of the TDIF.
  • We’ve merged documents where it makes sense and we’ve separated guidance from requirements. These changes have reduced the size of the TDIF from 19 documents to 11.
  • A consistent numbering system is now used for all TDIF documents and requirements.
  • We removed the use of SHOULD and SHOULD NOT mandatory language across the TDIF.

We have already consulted widely on this release with government and industry associations. We’ve received approximately 1500 pieces of feedback so far. This has helped us improve the TDIF content and how we present information.

This TDIF release will replace all previous releases once complete.

We encourage you to look at the documents and provide your feedback. The feedback period closes on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

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