Victoria uploads data for national facial recognition system


Victoria will begin uploading driver’s licence photographs to the federal government National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution (NDLFRS).

The NDLFRS is operated by the federal Department of Home Affairs.

The Victorian government’s announcement today marks a significant step towards the full launch of a national Australian facial recognition system, although for now use of the images will be restricted to state agencies.

VicRoads and Victoria Police will use the system to unearth duplicate IDs and fraud, the state government said.

The government said agencies in other states and territories and federal entities will be unable to access the Victorian images until it is satisfied with federal enabling legislation for the system, which will facilitate a number of facial identification and facial verification services.

The relevant legislation is currently being examined by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS).

The Commonwealth bill outlines five identity-matching services, including face verification, face identification, the One Person One Licence Service (to identify individuals that hold multiple licences), a utility service to assess the accuracy and quality of facial data holdings, and a service for securely sharing biometric identity information between government agencies.

Although Victoria is a party to the October 2017 Council of Australian Governments agreement to establish the new system, the state government has indicated some qualms with the proposed federal legislation.

“This technology will help keep government agencies ahead of the pack when it comes to combating identity fraud, which is one of the most common and costly crimes facing our state,” Gavin Jennings, Victoria’s special minister of state, said in a statement released today.

“We are doing this as part of a national agreement, while ensuring the privacy of Victorians is not compromised.”

“This will make it harder for people to conceal their true identities and use multiple licences to avoid traffic fines, demerit points or licence cancellations,” said Victoria’s roads minister Jaala Pulford.

“This will greatly assist in removing unauthorised and dangerous drivers from our roads.”

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NT ICAC hunts for case management system to aid corruption investigations


The Northern Territory’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) has begun the hunt for a software system to manage ICAC’s investigations and cases.

The Office of the ICAC began taking reports on 30 November, following the mid-2018 appointment of Kenneth Fleming as the ICAC.

Fleming’s office has released a request for tender, with the ICAC seeking a “proven” commercial off-the-shelf proven integrated business system. The ICAC is “seeking a contemporary business system to manage the end to end investigation and case management workflow,” tender documents state.

The system must allow individuals to directly submit, potentially anonymously, reports of improper conduct to ICAC via its website, including uploading supporting documentation, as well as manage details of offline reports to the commission. It must also meet the ICAC’s legislative requirements “to protect the identity of those who report improper conduct by delivering enhanced security and access controls,” tender documents state.

The ICAC is seeking “tools to manage complex investigations including planning capability, robust activity tracking and automatic workflow escalations”.




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