Turnbull’s digital free-for-all: states can join myGov for nothing

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Malcolm Turnbull is enticing state and local government services to join a single myGov digital platform — which won’t cost them anything. It’s part of a new embrace of online technology for government.

The federal government has laid the foundation for a single log-in to all government services — federal, state and local — Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull telling Parliament this week myGov would be made available to all government agencies at no cost.

Turnbull said the myGov portal already has over 6 million active users. The portal enables citizens to access services from a variety of federal agencies including Medicare, the Australian Tax Office and the departments of Human Services, Health and Veterans’ Affairs.

Turnbull said the CIO for Human Services, Gary Sterrenberg, had advised him it costs only $50,000 to bring on board a state government agency to the portal. The Victoria government had previously agreed to use the myGov portal. The Minister said:

“Now, we are going to make this platform available to all local and state government for no charge from the Commonwealth.

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