Minister for Finance & Services, Dominic Perrottet today announced that a re-elected Baird Government will oversee a transition to digital licensing over the next four years.

For the first time in Australia, citizens will be able to choose to have a licence issued in digital format. The Government will task its Digital Council, chaired by the Customer Service Commissioner Mike Pratt, to develop a roadmap for taking all licences digital.

While the private sector has shifted to digital, the NSW Government must do the same. There are currently over 123 different licence types and we issue over 2.8 million plastic cards each year, costing us tens of millions of dollars in printing.

We will target digital formats for a range of common licences, including NSW photo cards, boat and fishing licences, and eventually drivers’ licences. Over time, this means that citizens will not need to carry around multiple licences in their wallets.

This commitment is the first of its kind in Australia, and we will ensure our digital licensing system is at the cutting edge of international best practice. The Digital Council will include a range of experts from across government (including Police, Roads and Maritime Services, Office of Finance and Services and Service NSW) and will also seek input from leading digital practitioners in the corporate sector. The Council will work through a range of practical, security and regulatory considerations to ensure that the NSW Government can deliver digital licences in the next term of government.

The Baird Government is committed to a digital future for NSW. This is all about offering our citizens choice and convenience. People expect to transact with government online, when they want and how they want – and we intend to meet those expectations.

People will be able to choose whether they would prefer a digital licence on an opt-in basis. Physical licences will continue to be available.