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Thoughtworks signed the contract to help the New South Wales government develop a national digital birth certificate.

The NSW government first announced plans for a national electronic birth certificate in April 2021. At the time, NSW Minister of Digital Technology and Customers Victor Dominello said the goal of the initiative was “to use technology to make life easier.” families so that they can spend more time with their newborn and less time working with the government. ”

The state government then announced a tender last November in search of a supplier to help build the digital certificate.

As Thoughtworks provides this agreement, it will now be responsible for providing a digital birth certificate that can run on multiple platforms, including Android, Apple iOS, and as a web application with multiple browsers.

The project, due to launch later this year, will also be subject to beta testing for web content quality and accessibility, applicable legal and regulatory requirements, and to ensure that all relevant data privacy and cybersecurity specifications are met. .

Prior to issuing the tender, the NSW government undertook a research process that consulted a long list of stakeholders, which helped it establish guidelines for product design.

According to NSW registrar of births, deaths and marriages Amanda Yanna, the study revealed four key characteristics that public and private clients expect to be included in the digital birth certificate: security and confidentiality, such as having only minimal information visible to screens; can be used for verification and traceability; it must contain a source of truth when a copy of it is shared; and must contain the most up-to-date information about a person.

The NSW government has assured that once the digital birth certificate is released, it will be optional and will be designed to complement the paper birth certificate, not replace it.

“The digital birth certificate will be more than just the beginning of identity. That will help support your story, “Janna said earlier.

“If you look at the charts on it, the charts will actually match the birth certificate we use all over this country. Each country and territory uses the same birth certificate paper and we will reflect what we build to make it look exactly the same. “


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