Access Card is not a national ID: Govt

The federal government has reiterated that the proposed AU$1.09 billion Access Card will not be used as a national identity card.

The federal government has reiterated that the proposed AU$1.09 billion Access Card will not be used as a national identity card.

Human Services minister Chris Ellison made the claim yesterday on the back of the release of an exposure draft of legislation for the Access Card.

The draft -- which includes Human Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007 and the Human Services (Enhanced Services Delivery)(Consequential Provisions) Bill 2007 -- was handed to media, but not tabled in parliament.

Senator Ellison said the draft Bill clearly states the government's intention that Access Cards will not be used as a form of identification.

He said a range of penalties for attempts to demand the card as ID, as well as protections against unauthorised access to personal information contained on the Access Card Register are contained within the draft.

Ellison believes support for the Access Card is broad, but there is a desire from stakeholders to see more detail on issues surrounding privacy and security. "I have consistently said these concerns would be addressed in the new legislation."

The draft legislation -- available for public comment over a two-month period -- can be downloaded from the Access Card Web site: www.accesscard.gov.au.

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