Skip to content
General News, Government VIC

Digital licences will be parked on your phone soon, but is your information safe?

RMIT University 2 mins read

Following an encouraging uptake of the digital licence in other states, Victorians will have access to this advanced technology in 2024. A cyber security expert says in addition to convenience, it’s also safer than the physical option.  

Dr Arathi Arakala, RMIT Centre for Cyber Security, Research and Innovation   

Topics: digital ID, identification, advanced technology, driver licence 

“Victoria began its pilot roll-out of its digital driver’s licence in Ballarat in mid-2023 with more than 2,500 local licence holders participating. 

“The take up demonstrates that Victorians are eager to adopt the new ID technology where their licence is digitally accessible via the Victorian Government’s dedicated phone apps. 

“Victims of identity theft and fraud have reported stolen of lost driver licence cards as the most common identity document used by perpetrators.  

“In addition to enhancing user convenience, a digital licence has several security features that protects a user’s privacy and security against fraud, starting with the requirement to log-in to the app with a pin or face ID to access it.  

"The Victorian Government claims that the Service Victoria app and myVicRoads apps that will house the digital licences are going through rigorous penetration testing during the pilot phase. We hope common attack points will be studied and fixed before the full rollout this year. 

“If the phone is lost or stolen a user can get the licence revoked and a new licence number can be applied for. These new credentials will reflect in real time on the Victorian Licensing Registry database. 

“When a user presents their ID, data will be pulled from the Victorian Licensing Registry database that reflects information about licence revocation or suspension, address change and so on, updated in real time. 

“Information can be validated by the verifying authority using a timed QR code on the digital driver’s licence. The 2-minute timer expiry ensures that data is valid and current, and prevents any old credentials being used for fraud.  

“Screenshots of the digital licence are not acceptable for verification. This makes identity theft using the digital driver’s licence hard for a malicious entity. 

“The licence has three levels of information access allowing users to show only as much information as needed – age only; identity that includes photograph, full name, address and signature; or the full licence displaying the front and back of the card.   

“Some of the challenges of having everything on a mobile phone extends to the digital ID too. For example, low battery, severely damaged phone screens and poor network connection could hamper the use of the digital licence. In those situations, a user can always fall back on the physical licence. 

“The digital driver’s licence is a great step toward a more secure and convenient licence system.” 

Dr Arathi Arakala is a Lecturer in Mathematics and member of RMIT’s Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation. Her research program includes developing mathematical algorithms to protect biometric data and user privacy. 


Contact details:

Interviews: Dr Arathi Arakala, +61 423 245 517 or arathi.arakala@rmit.edu.au     

General media enquiries: RMIT External Affairs and Media, 0439 704 077 or news@rmit.edu.au

More from this category

  • Environment, General News
  • 28/02/2024
  • 05:19
Climate Council

Capital cities to swelter through twice as many days above 35°C unless stronger climate action is taken

IMMEDIATE RELEASE28 FEBRUARY 2024 AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CITIES are set to swelter through twice as many days above 35°C by the end of the century, a detailed analysis from the Climate Council has found. But there’s hope: reducing climate pollution globally now could slash the number of scorching days by an average of 20 percent across Australian communities. Thousands of data points from CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology's Climate Change in Australia project were analysed by the geospatial team Spatial Vision, who worked alongside the Climate Council to develop a new interactive heat map tool. The map projects the average…

  • General News, Science
  • 27/02/2024
  • 20:58
FSA FIRECOAT

STROKE OF AUSSIE GENIUS TAKES OUT SHAPING AUSTRALIA AWARDS

FSA FIRECOAT has been awarded the winner of this year’s Shaping Australia Awards. Taking out first place under the the ‘Problem Solver’ category it…

  • Contains:
  • General News
  • 27/02/2024
  • 11:23
NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Department of Customer Service)

PLANNING MEDIA ALERT: 11.15am – 29 February 2024 – Leap Year Weddings at the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Thursday, 29 February 2024 FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ***Overlay & Interview Opportunity*** Fifteen couples are set to tie the knot or renew vows at the new NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages venue at Pyrmont this coming leap year day. WHEN: Thursday, 29 February 2024 VISION: B-roll can be filmed of a couple renewing their vows on their ‘first’ anniversary at 11.00am in the Terrumi room Please arrive no later than 10.40am. INTERVIEWS: Interviews to follow at 11.15am after the ceremony with spokespeople, a couple and a celebrant WHERE: Pyrmont Registry OfficeWharf 10, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont 2009 PLEASE KINDLY CONFIRM…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.