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NSW Plans to Lead Reform for Digital Birth Certificate

– The Sydney Morning Herald

The world’s first digital birth certificate is being developed in New South Wales, Australia with a concept plan expected to be completed in late 2021

The author explains how new parents in NSW will have the option to apply for a digital birth certificate, and receive this alongside a paper one. He cites NSW Customer Service Minister, Victor Dominello, who believes that this digital shift within government has been spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted the state to develop QR code check-ins and digital stimulus vouchers:

“Because we have such a strong leadership position on digital, we’re happy to take the lead.”

He also provides assurance from NSW Attorney-General, Mark Speakman, that any digital birth certificate will be a highly secure document that is easy to authenticate and protect from fraudsters and criminals:

Mr Speakman said key priorities for a national project team would involve privacy and ensuring the product was accessible to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities

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