NSW hopes to deliver national digital birth certificate

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday April 26, 2021

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The New South Wales government is seeking public feedback as part of a proposal to develop a national digital birth certificate.

Digital and customer service minister Victor Dominello said NSW was leading the cross-jurisdictional project, and hoped to deliver a proof of concept later this year.

“We want to use technology to make life easier for families, so they can spend more time with their newborn and less time dealing with government,” he said in a statement.

“NSW is the most digitally advanced jurisdiction in Australia and has already delivered popular digital products such as the Digital Driver Licence. This is what smart governments do — remove paperwork, save people time and put the customer at the centre.”

The NSW government has said that the proposed digital birth certificate would be “widely accepted” by government, businesses, schools, and sporting organisations.

Last year the state launched a digital death-notification service, and recently began trialling a digital photo card.

READ MORE: Service NSW begins digital photo card trial

Dominello said the digital birth certificate, if developed, would be opt-in only and would “adhere to the highest privacy, trust and security standards”.

Along with privacy, the state’s ‘national project team’ would also prioritise accessibility for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, according to attorney general Mark Speakman.

“It’s crucial to make any digital birth certificate a highly secure document that is easy to authenticate and protected from fraudsters and criminals. That’s why we are carefully co-designing this proposal with the community to help prevent identity theft and crime,” he said.

“This would be a world-first. Nowhere else in the world provides a holistic digital solution to identity establishment, verification, authentication and management. We’re excited by the prospect of filling this gap.”

Public consultation for the solution is currently underway, with the state government asking individuals to let them know how a digital birth certificate might help them. People can complete the survey until May 23.

READ MORE: NSW invests $1.6b in digital infrastructure fund

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