NSW moves ahead with digital ID advisory council

James Riley
Editorial Director

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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  1. Interested 3 years ago

    If Digital Koolaid is correct, I too question the boards ability to execute.

  2. Digital Koolaid 3 years ago

    For those wondering about the depth of qualifications and foundational knowledge brought to the table by our talented Digital ID Advisory Council (details below). There’s a lawyer, four chemists, an astrophysicist, two historians, a social scientist, three economists, two engineers, a Russian language speaker, two accountants, two public servants, a guy who has done one subject in an MBA and two people who have nothing to say. But wait; there’s that guy Stephen Wilson who has a doctorate in digital identity. That’s one person with a relevant education out of 18. Those with a PhD in maths will calculate 5.5 percent. These guys will “ensure personal privacy and security are enshrined in all policy making design” ???? Of course they will …. But what exactly is “policy making design”? other than word salad. Vic ?

    Victor Dominello (chair) – Lawyer
    David Elliott – BA in history and Asia
    Greg Wells – Engineer
    Dr Glenn Lewis – Won’t say (has a PhD but hiding out)
    Duncan Anderson – BA in history (yes folks, another one)
    Associate Professor Sarah Thackway – social science and epidemiology (diseases)
    Jonathon Thorpe – Public servant, one subject in an MBA
    Robert Frelich – public servant, won’t say (embarrassed?)
    Professor Atilla Brungs – Chemistry
    Professor David Lacey – Accounting and justice studies, thesis examining design, implementation and testing of performance and management control systems for financial investigations
    Kate Crous – Economist
    Stephen Wilson – Engineer, digital identity specialist (Yay!!)
    Malcolm Crompton – Chemistry, economics
    Margo Stephen – Won’t say (shy?)
    John Banfield – Economics
    Victoria Richardson – BA in Russian (in case we’re hacked?)
    Ric Richardson – Astrophysics and chemistry
    Miguel Carrasco – Accounting and public policy

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