Ministers from Australia’s federal government have agreed to a deal with their state and territory counterparts to include digital credentials in the new national digital identity system, reports the Australian Financial Review.
The agreement paves the way for driver’s licenses and occupational credentials to be recognized across the country, and to store their credentials in a digital wallet, all based on international standards.
“The move to bring identity and credentials together is world leading,” NSW Digital Minister Victor Dominello told AFR Weekend. He credits federal finance minister Katy Gallagher for bringing the sides together.
Gallagher said that while the states wanted digital credentials to be included in the scheme, it is also important for those who chose not to participate to have an alternative method of sharing their credentials available.