Vic. circles digital ID
Victorian government agencies are in talks over a switch to digital driver's licences.
Reports say Service Victoria is still in talks with the Department of Transport over plans for a digital driver’s licence, despite neighbouring states rolling out their versions over four years ago.
Victoria’s government services minister Danny Pearson says conversations are ongoing, but did not define the electronic vehicle licence scheme as an “active project”.
“Conversations are occurring between Service Victoria and in Transport on these matters, and that work is ongoing,” Mr Pearson told the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee during the hearing.
He said Service Victoria is “looking at onboarding a number of different transactions and a number of different licences”, paid for by $99.8 million set aside in this year’s budget.
That funding comes in addition to $66.9 million provided to the agency in last year’s budget for the delivery of 20 new online services in 2022-23, with further services expected in 2023-24.
“I think if you gaze forward into the future, over the coming years you’ll have more and more transactions onboarded, including a digital driver’s licence,” Mr Pearson told the committee.
“Ultimately, it’s a Department of Transport credential that we’ll need to look at digitising and onboarding with the Service Victoria app, but we’ll continue those conversations with the Department of Transport on these questions.”
While Victoria’s discussions continue, South Australia and NSW have had their offerings in place since at least 2019. Already in NSW, nearly four million people have taken up the plastic card alternative. The NSW Government is moving to digitise other licence types such as photo cards as well.
Queensland is developing a digital driver’s licence in partnership with French engineering giant Thales and plans to have a state-wide rollout from 2023.