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Digi-Checks For All, Big Push For 5G As Govt. Embraces Tech

CANBERRA: The Morrison Government is expanding the use of digital identity checks when accessing services online. Digital identity checks are set to be expanded under an $800 million new-technology budget package.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and PM Scott Morrison have also announced wide-reaching plans to accelerate the uptake of 5G technology, while fostering skills and capabilities for the digital age.

“Australia has arguably the most advanced real-time payments system in the world, that is the digital infrastructure through our New Payments Platform that enables people to get paid instantaneously,” Morrison said yesterday.

“For that to happen, we need our businesses to be online – we need them to be digital businesses – and in recent months we have seen through Covid a rapid acceleration, produced by the necessity of businesses really engaging and upgrading their digital capabilities.”

The announcement also heralded implementation of the JobMaker Digital Business Plan to create new opportunities and promote employment growth.

Frydenberg said the Digital Infrastructure package is estimated to increase Australia’s GDP by $6.4 billion a year by 2024.

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