Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency plans using blockchain technology to ease welfare payments 9758
Ashmita Dutta
May 23, 2018 at 4:03 PM
Digital Transformation Agency of Australian Government plans to explore the unification of blockchain and social welfare payments. DTA works in close quarter with the Chinese government and private entities. This helps to promote and proliferate public services.
Recently, the digitization agency is analysing blockchain technology. It seeks to make an application in facilitating welfare payments. By the mid of 2019, the blockchain prototype may arrive at the market. In the 2018-19 Australian Budget, an amount of AU$700,000 is allotted for the utilisation of this distributed ledger by DTA. This would ensure efficiency in the execution of government services.
As per sources, Randall Brugeaud, the DTA CEO, declared at the conference of CeBIT Australia, held in Sydney, “Our plan is to look for use cases across the Commonwealth with an initial focus on the welfare payment delivery system, then working with our digital service standard, we’ll conduct user research with a view to having a prototype by the end of next financial year.”
The positive aspects about using blockchain technology to deliver social welfare payments involve higher rate of efficiency. It also includes automatic payment mode, transparency and immutability. This endeavour provides assistance to Centrelink payments which belongs to the Department of Health Services (DHS). On Centrelink, the Government of Australia stated that it,”delivers a range of payments and services for people at times of major change.”
Brugeaud has further commented, “The potential of blockchain to securely record transactions will be investigated, drawing on the experience of other public and private sector organizations.”
Presently, DTA is engaged in “Govpass,” which provides solution for digital identity. This solution, “will provide a simple, safe and secure choice for people to verify who they are and access government services online, reducing the need to visit a shopfront.” The beneficial factor associated with this solution is one time establishment of users’ identity. The identity can be used many times while accessing governmental services.
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