The Massive Change Coming In The Way You Claim Government Benefits: Aussies Will Use New $ 250 Million Facial Recognition To Access Services
- New facial recognition technology will be used to access Centrelink payments
- It will also be used to register to vote, register drones and file for bankruptcy
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to make it safer and easier to use government services
- The $ 250 million facial recognition upgrade is part of a $ 800 million package
Benefit recipients will soon have to use facial recognition technology to access government benefits such as JobSeeker.
The federal government will spend more than $ 250 million upgrading online systems so that Australians can access more government services using facial recognition.
The funding is part of a $ 800 million digital technology package in next week’s budget.
The new funding supports the full integration of the digital identity program with MyGov and 14 additional services, such as obtaining a director’s identification number or a tax file number.
A woman uses facial recognition to unlock her smartphone (stock image). The Australian government has spent $ 250 million on facial recognition technology to access services such as social security benefits
People will also be able to use facial recognition to file for bankruptcy, register drones, register to vote, and apply for social security benefits.
More than 1.6 million people and 1.16 million companies already use facial recognition to access 70 government services online.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes to make it safer and easier for individuals and businesses to use government services, saving them time and money.
The largest part of the digital technology suite is more than $ 400 million to modernize business registries so businesses can quickly view, update and maintain their data in one location.
Mr Morrison said many companies have moved online quickly as the coronavirus pandemic hit, underwent a decade of change in months, found new customers and ways to do things.
People are queuing for the Centrelink office in Norwood, Adelaide. Benefit recipients will soon have to use facial recognition technology to apply for government benefits
“The plan supports Australia’s economic recovery by removing outdated regulatory barriers, increasing the capabilities of small businesses and supporting the adoption of technology in the economy,” he said on Tuesday.
Nearly $ 30 million will be spent supporting private companies in the agriculture, mining, logistics and manufacturing sectors investing in 5G technology testing.
The various initiatives build on $ 4.5 billion previously announced to provide ultra-fast internet to millions of homes and businesses over the national broadband network.
They also complement an existing $ 1.67 billion cybersecurity strategy and investments in online safety.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) said new technology will make it safer and easier for individuals and businesses to use government services, saving them time and money
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