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I am pleased to announce the release of the Third Party Identity Services Assurance Framework (the Assurance Framework).
This Framework provides a piece of the policy environment required to allow the development by the private sector and other government entities of the enabling ICT infrastructure of the digital economy.
The Framework establishes four Levels of Assurance (LoAs) and associated accreditation requirements for third party providers of digital mailbox services as well as a range of broadly defined identity services such as data verification and authentication services.
The objective, whole of government accreditation process will enable providers to demonstrate their competence to deliver particular services at a specified LoA. Once accredited, Providers will be listed on the AGIMO website.
The Framework is underpinned by existing Australian Government security frameworks and informed by existing policy frameworks such as the National e-Authentication Framework, the Gatekeeper Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Framework, and the National Identity Security Strategy.
The Framework is broadly consistent with key international initiatives such as the US National Strategy for Trusted identities in Cyberspace and the UK’s ID Assurance Program.