On 1 October 2021 the Digital Transformation Agency released the exposure draft of the Trusted Digital Identity Bill for public consultation.

ACCAN made a submission in response to the Bill welcoming the stronger privacy protections and enforcement and penalty provisions that have been introduced. However, ACCAN argued in favour of an oversight authority with more funding and a mandate to ensure consumers were compensated for breach of the legislation.

We also welcomed the Digital Transformation Agency’s statement that although the Bill allows for charging under the system to ensure its financial sustainability, there was no intention to charge consumers. ACCAN reinforced our recommendation that consumers should never be charged for use of the system to make it accessible to low-income households and consumers.

ACCAN also recommended that user testing, which has been included as a requirement in the Bill, be conducted across a wide range of communities to ensure maximum accessibility of the system by all consumers.

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