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Queensland Government to implement smartcard driver licences

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A major technology initiative by the Queensland Government shows how long the business case and procurement cycle can be in government. 

A ten-year struggle has paid off for Queensland Transport, with the sunshine state set to implement increased security driver licences by 2010.

The Queensland Government, acting through the Department of Transport, has signed with Melbourne manufacturer Placard to carry out the production of the new Smartcard driver licences.

The decision to use chip technology for driver’s licences was first considered by Queensland in 2000, highlighting how long the business case and procurement cycle can be for major technology initiatives in government.

Queensland drivers will not have to apply for a smartcard driver licence until their old card expires, meaning it may take up to five years for all licences to be replaced by the new model.

In a statement released by Placard, managing director Ganesh Ganeshalingam said Placard is excited to have been given the opportunity to produce the licences.

“We are proud to have been selected by Queensland Government, acting through the Department of Transport (Queensland Transport), to produce smart card licences following an extensive open tender process which attracted national and multinational interest,” he said. 

“We are delighted to be a part of this historic transition to smartcard driver licences, which will be the first of its kind in Australia.”

Placard claims to be the only secure card manufacturer in Australia, and following the passing of legislation by the Queensland Parliament, they will produce the new licences with a built-in smartcard chip for enhanced security.

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