Digital identity overhaul: DTA seeks public consultation on fourth TDIF release

The Federal Government’s Digital Transformation Agency has released the fourth iteration of its Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), requesting public feedback to assess its latest release.

The fourth release of the TDIF sees “a complete overhaul" of the Framework's documents and structure, DTA said in a statement. Off the back of feedback from its third release in April this year, the Agency said it had sought to simplify the accreditation process for TDIF 4.0, reducing the number of requirements from approximately 700 to less than 400.

The latest version also introduces two new Identity Proofing Levels, IP 1 PLUS and IP 2 PLUS, to support commercial entities in identity proofing, as well as a complete rewrite of the Fraud Control Requirements.

In development since 2015, the TDIF is designed to provide a nationally adopted, federated digital identity system for individuals interacting with government agencies.

Government agencies and organisations applying for TDIF accreditation must undergo "rigorous evaluations across all aspects of their operations". Participants in the scheme are required to demonstrate their service meets strict requirements for usability, accessibility, privacy protection, security, risk management, fraud control and more, the DTA says in its briefing documents.

So far, the TDIF Accreditation Authority has granted accreditation to just three government bodies: Department of Human Services; Australia Post (through its Digital iD service); and the Australian Taxation Office (through myGovID).

Feedback for the fourth iteration of the TDIF closes on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

More information on the public consultation can be found here.