The Digital Transformation Agency was tasked with the work almost five years ago where Australia’s Govpass digital identity project has cost the federal government additional than $200 million.
The price tag in answers to questions on notice from recent budget estimates, with total approved investment now sitting at $204.3 million since 2015. The ATO and Services Australia to grow the two major IT platforms behind the solution are the myGovID digital identity credential and the exchange cost is $30 million.
MyGovID was recently updated to access the Australian birth certificate as an acceptable form of identity. This includes the recent $5.9 million funding injection in the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, released on Monday, for the DTA to continue the project until at least July 2020.
The DTA will also use a portion of the $73 million allocated to the digital identity project in 2019-20 to replace the authentication system used by the myGov online services portal with myGovID. Hence the total approved investment in digital identity from its beginning in the financial year 2015-16 to the finish of the financial year 2019-20 is $204.3 million.