Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:36

More funds for myGovID trials, but dates not given

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The Federal Government has allocated $67.2 million in the forthcoming budget for use in fresh trials around its myGovID identify system, a trial of which began in October last year for iPhone users.

This trial enables those who wish to apply for a tax file number using the service to do so. The system is opt-in.

When the trial began, the government said that an Android app would be issued this year and a Web interface would be provided after that. There is no indication as yet as to whether either of these have been provided.

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 has not been disclosed.

The fresh money is meant for other trials – to use myGovID to access the Australian Business Registry, to access grant management systems, to replace the AUSKey system, to access DHS services like Youth Allowance and Newstart Allowance, and accessing the Unique Student Identifier.

There is also a proposal to integrate myGovID with myGov so that it can be used to access the portal which serves as a front-end to many government services, the ATO foremost.

But given that an election is due in May, and the government does not appear likely to be voted back into office, when these trials will eventuate is unknown.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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