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igovt Scheme set for expansion

Hon Nathan Guy
Minister of Internal Affairs

30 August 2011
Media Statement

igovt Scheme set for expansion

New legislation and an agreement with New Zealand Post means that igovt services are set for expansion across the public sector, and potentially into the private sector, says Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy.

“The Electronic Identity Verification Bill has been introduced to Parliament today, which will enable igovt services to be used by the private sector.

“The Government has also reached an agreement with New Zealand Post for them to develop and promote these services to private sector organisations, once the enabling legislation is passed.

“The igovt logon and identity verification services provide an easy and secure way of accessing government services online and proving identity. They have great potential to deliver better, more secure and cost effective online services to the public.

“The logon service means customers no longer have to remember multiple details for different sites, and the identity verification service saves the need to wait in line carrying different forms of ID. This will create new opportunities for more services to be provided online.

“NZ Post PostShops will also be able to take photos to help people apply for the identity verification service, increasing its accessibility and popularity.

“By using these tools, there is great potential for the banking and financial sectors to provide more services online. The Electronic Identity Verification Bill will allow them to be developed for use in the private sector, with protection and penalties for misuse.

“Already 28 government agencies are using the igovt logon service, and there have been 300,000 logons created. In the future people will be able to use igovt to apply for a new passport or change their electoral details online.”

In this Budget this year $27.6 million in new funding was announced to expand the igovt system. More information on igovt services, including a full list of participating agencies and services is available here: www.i.govt.nz

ENDS

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