South Australia has agreed to collaborate with the Commonwealth to make citizen and business interactions with government easier, with a memorandum of understanding signed by the two governments in Adelaide today.
SA Premier Steven Marshall and Federal Human Services and Digital Transformation Minister Michael Keenan sealed the agreement on the sidelines of the second Australian Digital Council meeting, which brings Ministers from all jurisdictions together to find ways to improve collaboration on digital projects.
Minister Keenan said South Australia was the first state to agree to work with the Commonwealth on digital identity and the agreement represented a big step forward towards delivering a nationally consistent and fully integrated identity system.
“The Commonwealth is already well advanced with the development of its own digital identity solution, known as myGovID, which is the equivalent of 100-point online ID check that will make it easier for Australians to prove who they are when accessing our digital services,” Minister Keenan said.
“The agreement reached with Premier Marshall today will enable us to share our technology and our research with South Australia to help it accelerate its own program and ensure we develop nationally consistent systems.”
South Australians will eventually be able to choose which system they want to use, as both will work seamlessly with Commonwealth and State services.
Premier Marshall said the SA public were the big winners from the deal, which would save the State tens of millions in development costs and accelerate the rollout of faster, simpler and more convenient services.
“South Australians have told us they want the same convenience and simplicity when dealing with the government that they already enjoy from the private sector such as their banks, retailers and even airlines,” Premier Marshall said.
“The deal we have signed with the Commonwealth today will ensure better services can be delivered sooner, while also ensuring the privacy and security of South Australians remains protected at all times.”
The deal was one of several agreements reached with other State and Territory governments at today’s Australian Digital Council meeting, including an agreement to investigate ways to improve data sharing between jurisdictions.
A pilot program will be progressed, enabling a cross-jurisdictional data asset to be built that will help improve service delivery for people with a disability. The pilot will initially integrate data held by the Commonwealth, South Australian and New South Wales governments, with the option left open for other governments to opt in as the project develops.
Building and maintaining public trust around digital transformation was also noted as a key area of work where further collaboration was necessary.
The Council will meet again in 2019.