Your identity is one the most valuable things you have. Being able to prove who you are is important for most aspects of your life, such as starting a new job, getting a driver's licence, renting or buying a home, travelling overseas and accessing medical treatment.
Identity crime in Australia is common and the use of fraudulent identities is also a key enabler of serious organised crime and even terrorism.
Our department plays an important role in working to improve the management of identity in Australia. A significant component of this involves coordinating with other Commonwealth agencies and state and territory governments to implement the National Identity Security Strategy.
Key achievements of this strategy include the establishment of the national Document Verification Service and the development of identity security guidelines and standards related to the recoding, verification and management of identity information.
The strategy also fosters collaboration between government agencies in promoting the interoperability of biometric systems, while maintaining robust privacy safeguards over the use of sensitive personal information. This includes the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability announced by the Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, on 9 September 2015.