NSW Government partners with Thoughtworks to provide world’s first digital birth certificates

SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thoughtworks (NASDAQ: TWKS), a global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and engineering to drive digital innovation, has been selected by the government of New South Wales (NSW ) to develop and deploy the world’s first digital birth certificate that provides citizens with highly secure access anytime, anywhere.

Thoughtworks’ appointment follows the NSW government’s announcement last year that it would be “leading a cross-jurisdictional project to develop a national digital birth certificate” and is a key priority of the New South Wales Premier’s Government Made Easy (GME) initiative.

A digital birth certificate will help overcome many of the issues associated with using a physical identity document, including durability, retention, and accessibility. The digital birth certificate is expected to be widely accepted by government, businesses, schools, and sports organizations, making it faster and easier for citizens to apply for products and services.

Amit Padhiar, Acting Registrar, NSW Births Deaths and Marriages, said NSW was delighted to lead the way with a world’s first holistic digital birth certificate solution that enabled efficient issuance, verification, authentication and management. , safe and secure identity.

“This exercise is intended to provide greater convenience to our customers, but it is extremely important to do so while protecting their information and meeting other key criteria such as accessibility and usability across multiple devices and platforms and offering the ability to opt-in and opt-out,” Mr. Padhiar said.

Thoughtworks will provide a fully integrated digital birth certificate that works on all widely used platforms (including Apple iOS, Android, and as a cross-browser web application). It will be beta tested, web content quality and accessibility assured (WCAG), meet all applicable legal and regulatory requirements, and meet data privacy and cybersecurity specifications. The project should be launched at the end of 2022.

Once published, the digital birth certificate will be optional and will supplement the paper birth certificate, without replacing it.

Before appointing Thoughtworks as a delivery partner, the NSW Government conducted a detailed discovery and research process, consulting with citizens across Australia, to establish guiding principles for product design.

Kristan Vingrys, managing director of Thoughtworks Australia and New Zealand, said our goal is to help businesses and governments become modern digital organisations, which is about putting technology at the heart and pushing the boundaries of ‘innovation.

“Every industry is facing pressure to become more digitally agile, and we are incredibly proud to be working with the NSW Government on such an important step forward in our digital future – one that will set a new standard for other states and country,” says Vingrys.

For over 25 years, Thoughtworks has helped organizations and governments become market leaders by giving them access to the expertise, capabilities and talent they need to transform – helping customers get closer to customers and citizens, to empower teams and to generate value more quickly.

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