Digital Identity glossary

There’s a lot of specialised language in the Digital Identity program so we’ve put together a list of terms that we get asked about a lot. If you’re interested in learning more, you can also download the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) glossary which contains terms that are specific to the framework.

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Attribute

An item of information or data associated with a subject. Examples of attributes include information such as name, address, date of birth, e-mail address, mobile number.

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Attribute service provider

One of the 4 TDIF accredited roles. Attribute service providers generate and manage attributes and claims that are provided to relying parties (through identity exchanges) to support their decision-making processes. Where an identity service provider verifies the identity of an individual, for example ‘I am Joe Bloggs’, an attribute service provider verifies specific attributes relating to entitlements, qualifications or characteristics of that Individual. Example, ‘this Joe Bloggs is authorised to act on behalf of business xyz in a particular capacity’.

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Credential service provider

One of the 4 TDIF accredited roles. Credential service providers generate, bind and distribute credentials to individuals or can include the binding and management of Credentials generated by individuals. This function may also be undertaken by an IDP.

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Digital Identity

An electronic representation of an entity which enables that entity to be sufficiently distinguished when interacting online. A Digital Identity may include attributes and assertions which are bound to a credential. A Digital Identity can be used by individuals to access online services.

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Digital service

In the Digital Identity system, a digital service is a public-facing, online system that requires those using it to prove who they are. They are also known as Relying Parties.

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Document Verification Service

A national online system that checks whether the biographic information on an identity document matches the original record. The result will be ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The Document Verification Service does not check facial images, and makes it harder for people to use fake identity documents. It has been operational since 2009. Both the public and private sector use the Documentation Verification Service. Source: ID Match (Department of Home Affairs).

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Face Verification Service

A national online system that compares a photo against the image used on identity documents. The Face Verification Service can:

  • Make access to government services more convenient for customers by avoiding the need to attend a shopfront.
  • Help victims of identity crime reclaim their identity faster.
  • Help prevent identity theft by detecting fake or stolen documents.
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Identity document

A physical document or non-documentary identity data held in a repository accessible capable of being used as Evidence of Identity in Australia.

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Identity exchange

One of the 4 TDIF accredited roles. Identity exchanges convey, manage and coordinate the flow of identity attributes and assertions between members of an identity federation.

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Digital Identity system

A group of participants that work together to ensure identity related information can be relied on by relying parties to make risk-based decisions.

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Identity proofing

Refers to the process of collecting, verifying, and validating sufficient attributes (and supporting evidence) about a specific Individual to define and confirm their Identity.

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Identity service provider

One of the 4 TDIF accredited roles. An identity service Provider creates, maintains and manages identity Information of Individuals and offers identity-based services.

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myGovID

myGovID is the Australian Government’s Digital Identity service provider. Setting up a myGovID account will be like a 100-point identity check, but done online, rather than in person in a government service centre. Once it is set up, a myGovID can be used over and over again as a form of identity to access different government services. This system is operated by the Australian Taxation Office.

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myGov

myGov is a secure online portal managed by Services Australia. A myGov account gives users a single place to access government services with one login and one password.

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Privacy impact assessment

A systematic assessment of an identity system that identifies the impact that the identity system might have on the privacy of Individuals, and sets out recommendations for managing, minimising or eliminating that impact.

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Relying party

An organisation or government agency that relies on verified attributes or assertions provided by identity service providers and attribute service providers through an identity exchange to enable the provision of a digital service.

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Trusted Digital Identity Framework

The TDIF contains the tools, rules and accreditation criteria to govern an identity federation. It provides the required structure and controls to deliver confidence to participants that all accredited providers in an identity federation have met their accreditation obligations and as such may be considered trustworthy. These obligations cover privacy, protective security, accessibility and usability, risk management, records management, fraud control, technical integration, service operations, identity proofing and authentication credential management. Source: TDIF.

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