The growing rates of identity crime and data breaches in Australia was one of the topics discussed at the most recent Data and Digital Minister’s Meeting (DDMM) on 23 July, held by via videoconferencing due to COVID restrictions.
Ministers agreed to work towards a nationally consistent approach to provide victims of identity crime with ‘recovery and remediation services’.
The Ministers discussed the release of the Australian Government’s Digital Identity Legislation Position Paper, which proposes legislation to cover the privacy and consumer protection and other oversight required to support the expansion of digital identity nationally in both the private and public sectors.
The Meeting acknowledged that ‘governments’ must be held to a higher standard regarding data security. The Ministers discussed the government’s need for a high set of enforceable standards to maintain data privacy, sovereignty and security.
The DDMM was originally established as the Australian Digital Council (ADC) in 2018 as a cross-government committee that aims to improve inter-jurisdictional data sharing and digital transformation and create better policy and services for the public.
Now being held quarterly, the Meeting is chaired by Stuart Robert, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business who also oversees government digital service delivery through the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).