Govt amends Digital ID bill to win Senate support ahead of debate

The Albanese government has agreed to amend its proposed digital identity laws to ensure the private sector can join the scheme within two years in a bid to head off opposition to the long-awaited legislation in the Senate.

The amendments, which were circulated ahead of debate on Wednesday, also introduce new reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies that lawfully access biometric information during investigations.

The latest changes to the Digital ID Bill address lingering accessibility and privacy concerns with the already complicated economy-wide reform, which has been almost a decade in the making and cost close to $800 million.

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