LNP/ALP putting your identity into a national ID Card and Covid passport
from ZD Net April 19, 2021
A national digital identity program was raised as one of the key priorities during the Data and Digital Ministers’ Meeting on Friday.
Off the back of the meeting, a communique indicated the ministers agreed that a national approach to digital identity would “make it easier for the Australian public to interact online across a wide range of digital services, regardless of the jurisdiction they live in or the service they are accessing”. They added work continues among them to “make this a reality”.
The meeting’s agenda also covered the development of an intergovernmental agreement to support national data sharing between governments, as well as updates on the Commonwealth’s rollout of a COVID-19 vaccination “passport“.
“Enhancements to the Immunisation History Statement make proof of COVID-19 vaccination clear and easy to access for individuals who have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Ministers noted this is an important step in the continued re-opening of Australia’s economy,” the communique stated.
Also on late Friday, the federal government revealed the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) would return to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), just under two years after it was shifted to the Social Services portfolio.
Despite the move, the agency will remain under the watch of Stuart Robert, who was formerly Minister for Government Services before being moved to Minister for Employment Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business as part of the most recent ministerial cabinet reshuffle.
See: DTA to refresh Australia’s digital transformation strategy
The last time the DTA was housed under PM&C was in 2015. Back then, the agency was known as the Digital Transformation Office and was charged with unifying government agencies and services online. The agency then underwent a name change from DTO to DTA under a year after being established.
The shift of the DTA under the Social Services portfolio happened when Prime Minister Scott Morrison established Services Australia as the federal government’s centralised service delivery agency.
An order signed by the Governor-General and Prime Minister revealed that while the DTA has been moved back into PM&C its responsibilities remain largely unchanged, specifying that it will continue to oversee whole-of-government IT investments, digital deliveries, and procurement services.
Read also: Senate Committee concerned with DTA’s level of IT project oversight
It will also manage strategic coordination and oversight functions for digital and IT investment across the life cycle of projects, as well as provide advice to Robert on whole-of-government digital.
The DTA is currently juggling a number of significant government tech projects. In a document prepared for a Senate committee in March, the DTA disclosed there were 84 IT projects over AU$10 million in value underway by Australian government entities as of December 2020. Some of these projects include the redevelopment of myGov and the whole-of-government digital identity program.
- DTA says it’s rectified the Digital Marketplace failings of its predecessor
- DTA makes it easier for government to set up cloud contracts with IT providers
- Australia’s COVIDSafe app costs AU$100,000 per month to keep running
- Minister says law enforcement to be denied access in new digital ID legislation
- DTA goes to market to refresh hardware and software panels
- A Bluetooth revamp touted to fix Australia’s COVIDSafe app connectivity flaws
It is against the law for a business to require another person to download CovidSafe to a phone
Letter to the Editor
Got this from KNOW YOUR RIGHTS show. The relevant part starts at about nine minute mark in this utube (274) More on masks, fines, QR code’s and PCR tests. 28 January 2021 – YouTube. I found it and the relevant parts follow:
Copy of Section 94 of Privacy Act 1998 part 8a Public Contact Information 94H sub section 2 Privacy Act 1988 No. 119, 1988 Privacy Act 1988 No. 119, 1988 Compilation No. 85 Compilation date: 16 December 2020 Includes amendments up to: Act No. 129, 2020 Registered: 20 January 2021 About this compilation
This compilation 94H Requiring the use of COVIDSafe (1) A person commits an offence if the person requires another person to: (a) download COVIDSafe to a communication device; or (b) have COVIDSafe in operation on a communication device; or (c) consent to uploading COVID app data from a communication device to the National COVIDSafe Data Store.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years or 300 penalty units, or both. (2) A person commits an offence if the person: (a) refuses to enter into, or continue, a contract or arrangement with another person (including a contract of employment); or (b) takes adverse action (within the meaning of the Fair Work Act 2009) against another person; or (c) refuses to allow another person to enter: (i) premises that are otherwise accessible to the public; or (ii) premises that the other person has a right to enter; or
(d) refuses to allow another person to participate in an activity; or (e) refuses to receive goods or services from another person, or insists on providing less monetary consideration for the goods or services; or (f) refuses to provide goods or services to another person, or insists on receiving more monetary consideration for the goods or services; on the ground that, or on grounds that include the ground that, the other person:
(g) has not downloaded COVIDSafe to a communication device; or (h) does not have COVIDSafe in operation on a communication device; or (i) has not consented to uploading COVID app data from a communication device to the National COVIDSafe Data Store.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years or 300 penalty units, or both. (3) To avoid doubt: (a) subsection (2) is a workplace law for the purposes of the Fair Work Act 2009; and (b) the benefit that the other person derives because of an obligation of the person under subsection (2) is a workplace right within the meaning of Part 3 1 of that.
From L Heale