The NSW Police will have a prominent voice on the state’s newly formed Digital Identity Ministerial Advisory Council (DIMAC) to advise on the government’s strategic direction for digital ID.
The new council is chaired by Digital and Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello and includes a cross section of state and federal bureaucrats, academics, financial services sector executives and global consultants.
The council, which was announced in May and finally named on Tuesday, included the Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott and as well as NSW Police executive director of strategic priorities and identity Duncan Anderson.
Mr Dominello said council brought together experts to ensure personal privacy and security are enshrined in all policy making design.
“The government is implementing a transformational digital agenda, including evolving the Service NSW app and delivery of stimulus such as Dine & Discover vouchers and business support grants. We need to surround ourselves with top experts to remain ahead of the game,” Mr Dominello said in a statement.
“Privacy and trust are the hallmarks of our democracy and will continue to remain at the forefront of service delivery,” he said.
“We’ve already demonstrated how digital products like the Digital Driver Licence actually improve and enhance identity protection.”
In May, Mr Dominello said he was looking for up to ten people to serve on the council. In the end, 18 members of the council were appointed.
Police minister David Elliott welcomed the formation of the council and said digital identities must be underpinned by robust fraud controls.
“Fraudulent identities are often used to enable serious and organised crime, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and child exploitation,” he said.
“The NSW Police Force has a world-class Cybercrime Squad which is at the forefront of our efforts combatting these criminal threats, and I am pleased that as a member of this Council, NSW Police Force will proactively engage with subject matter experts and industry.”
DIMAC will support the priorities laid out in the government’s NSW Identity Strategy, which guides the development and execution of identity products, services and technologies.
The members of the council are:
- Victor Dominello (chair) – Minister for Digital, Minister for Customer Service
- David Elliott – NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services
- Greg Wells – NSW Department of Customer Service, government chief information and digital officer
- Dr Glenn Lewis – NSW Department of Customer Service, digital identity program manager
- Duncan Anderson – NSW Police Force, executive director, strategic priorities and identity
- Associate Professor Sarah Thackway – executive director Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Health and Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW
- Jonathon Thorpe – Digital Transformation Agency, general manager, digital identity
- Robert Frelich – Employment and Social Development Canada, director general, identity management, benefits delivery modernization, Transformation Management Branch
- Professor Atilla Brungs – University of Technology Sydney, vice-chancellor and president
- Professor David Lacey – IDCARE, managing director and board member
- Kate Crous – Commonwealth Bank of Australia, executive general manager – Everyday Banking
- Stephen Wilson – Lockstep Consulting, managing director
- Malcolm Crompton – Information Integrity Solutions (IIS), founder and lead privacy advisor
- Margo Stephen – Australia Post, head of digital ID
- John Banfield – BPAY Group, chief executive officer
- Victoria Richardson – Australian Payments Network Limited, chief strategy officer
- Ric Richardson – entrepreneur
- Miguel Carrasco – Boston Consulting Group, managing director and senior partner
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