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Review of national arrangements for the protection and management of identity information - Terms of reference

The Review will consider ways to enhance or strengthen arrangements for the protection, use and management of identity information in Australia.

The Review will be led by an independent eminent person or persons, supported by the Department of Home Affairs and other relevant Australian Government agencies.

Objectives

The Review has been commissioned to determine ways to enhance or strengthen arrangements that support and govern the protection and management of identity information in order to:

  • better protect Australians from the theft or misuse of their identity information, and assist people to minimise and recover from the impacts identity crime should they become victims
  • provide better targeted (that is, more convenient, tailored, efficient and effective) government services to individuals and business
  • achieve these objectives in ways that respect and promote peoples' privacy.

Scope

The Review will focus primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, on arrangements for issuing, using and managing an individual's documents, credentials and their related identity information that are most commonly relied upon as evidence of a person's identity by government and key sectors of the economy.

The Review will focus on the identities of individuals and will not examine in any detailed arrangements for managing the identities of businesses, organisations or other legal entities.

The Review will identify and analyse the key enablers, obstacles and risks associated with national arrangements for the protection and management of identity information, including consideration of:

  1. legislative frameworks
  2. practices and systems for the collection, use, sharing of identity information
  3. coordination amongst government agencies, and between government and other entities.

The Review will be informed by consultations with:

  1. Commonwealth agencies, including through the Commonwealth Trusted Identities Committee
  2. states and territories, including through the National Identity Security Coordination Group
  3. key non-government stakeholders.

The Review will identify opportunities and options for short, medium and longer term reforms to enhance or strengthen the protection and management of identity information in Australia to meet the objectives of the Review; and which could provide the basis for a future iteration of the National Identity Security Strategy that could be considered by the Council of Australian Governments.

The Review will report by the end of November 2018.

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