DTO looks to business for digital identity solution


Government is looking to the experience of the private sector to inform the development of its digital identity solution, considered critical to the provision of digital services.

A recent Request for Information (RFI) from the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) is seeking contributions from local and international businesses to assist the development of a Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) and design an alpha version of a digital identity solution. The TDIF will set the technical and operational specifications for a federated digital identity system.

The DTO is specifically eyeing industry capabilities across identity attribute verification, authentication credential management and trust broker solutions.

While the DTO has stressed that “no deployment or integration work is envisaged at this stage” and that further procurement may be conducted following the RFI process, respondents are advised to be capable of designing iterative or agile identity management solutions that are based on open standards and protocols.

Respondents must also “demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with other vendors, state and territory government and the Commonwealth in developing technology components for a federated ecosystem that comply [sic] with (or can comply with) requirements of the Trust Framework,” according to tender documents.

The DTO’s digital identity project recently completed the discovery phase of the four stage service design and delivery process – discovery, alpha, beta and live.

According to a DTO blog post during the discovery process, there are two components of the alpha digital identity product: building a product to verify identity (similar to the UK’s GOV.UK Verify, which also uses a Federated Identity model) and a credential or login.

The TDIF was recently allocated a further $5.3 million over two years from 2015-16 in the 2016-17 budget to support its continued development. This follows the provision of $33.3 million over four years in the 2015-16 budget.

The RFI comes almost a year after the Australian Taxation Office issued a RFI for a Whole-of-Government Relationship Authorisation Management (RAM) system, in which tender documents listed the DTO as one of the key stakeholders.

Submissions for the RFI close 30 May 2016. The alpha release of the digital identity framework is expected in August.

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