Digital fishing, alcohol and gambling licences available
IN an Australian first, NSW residents can download the first ever digital licences on their smartphone or tablet. The initiative paves the way for digital driver licences by 2019.
NSW residents now can access the following digital licences on the Service NSW app:
- Recreational Fishing Fee (fishing licence)
- Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) Competency Cards.
Digital licences are optional, with physical licence cards to remain available for all licence holders. Users who carry only a digital version of their licence must ensure their device remains charged and accessible.
Digital licences can be sighted just like physical licences, and authorities can use a purpose-built checker app to verify whether a digital licence is current or has conditions.
The digital platform also allows customers to view when their licence was checked, update their account and view licence details.
Security has been paramount in developing the digital licence platform, which uses security features similar to phone banking. Licence data is securely stored in the user’s MyServiceNSW account.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said the two new digital licences paved the way for digital driver licences by 2019.
“We are determined to offer the best services to make life easier for the people of NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.
“If you carry a smartphone in your pocket and you’re looking forward to a wallet-free future, digital licences make so much sense – they’re easily accessible, safe and secure, and it’s one less thing to stuff in your wallet.”
Media Release November 15, 2016