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The government has kicked off a pilot of its myGovID identity solution on the last day of October, with the trial open to people who have iPhones at the outset as a private, beta app is available for this operating system only. An Android app is expected to be issued next year and a Web interface to be provided after that.

The trial will enable those who wish to apply for a tax file number using the service to do so. The system will be opt-in.

myGovID is being run by the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Human Services. It is overseen by the Digital Transformation Agency. The company providing the cloud service for the trial is unknown.

In a statement on Wednesday, Human Services and Digital Transformation Minister Michael Keenan said: “When fully operational, myGovID will transform the way Australians interact with government by removing the burden on them to have to come into an office to prove who they are over and over again.

“Instead, if they wish to do so, they will be able to complete transactions at any time of the day or night from the comfort of their own homes by using a simple mobile app.

“That is what digital transformation is all about – providing greater simplicity and convenience for busy Australians.

“And based on the feedback we have had so far, I am confident Australians will embrace it fully when it is released publicly next year.”

The statement said eight pilot programs would be run over the next nine months with selected users to test the delivery of a range of services.

User feedback will be collected regularly during the trials to help continually update and improve the system to ensure the final product is robust, reliable, safe and secure.


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