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Australian Government Announces Amendments to Passports Act for Enhanced Identity Verification

The Australian Government has introduced the Australian Passports Amendment (2024 Measures No. 1) Determination 2024, which aims to strengthen the legal framework for disclosing personal information to support identity verification services such as the Document Verification Service (DVS) and Face Verification Service (FVS). This legislative amendment, issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, is designed to enhance the security and efficiency of identity verification processes while upholding individual privacy.

Key Highlights:

  • Legislative Authority: The amendment is enacted under the Australian Passports Act 2005, specifically sections 46 and 57, which permit the disclosure of personal information to designated individuals for identity verification purposes.

  • Purpose: The primary objective is to facilitate participation in the DVS and FVS, which are essential for verifying biometric and biographic information on identity credentials, including Australian passports.

  • Background: This amendment is supported by the Identity Verification Services Act 2023 and the Identity Verification Services (Consequential Amendments) Act 2023, which collectively ensure the secure and efficient operation of identity verification services.

  • Details: The amendments to the Australian Passports Determination 2015 include:

    • Provision for automated disclosures of personal information.
    • Mechanisms for verifying identity against government records.
    • Clear guidelines for the secure and responsible sharing of personal data.
  • Human Rights Compatibility: The legislative instrument is aligned with human rights principles, ensuring that any limitations on privacy are justified, necessary, and proportionate, thereby protecting against identity fraud and enabling access to critical services.

This amendment signifies a crucial advancement in Australia's identity verification infrastructure, promoting both security and privacy for individuals utilizing government and industry services.

#AustralianPassports #IdentityVerification #PrivacyProtection #GovernmentUpdate #LegislativeChanges #Security #Efficiency #DVS #FVS #BiometricVerification

Source: Australian-Passports-Amendment-2024-Measures-No-1-Determination-2024---legislation.pdf and 


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