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Australia and New Zealand to share identity information

NEWS: November 12, 2015

According to recent media reports, the Australian and New Zealand governments will be able share personal identity documents with each other under a new agreement.

The information-sharing initiative was mainly designed to combat identity crime, but also, say ministers, help promote cross-border travel, migration and commerce.

New Zealand's government agencies and businesses would now be able to use Australia's Document Verification Service to verify a person's identity documents with official records.This could include details about Australians' passports, Medicare cards, visas and drivers licences.

In return, Australia will be able to access New Zealand's Confirmation Service to verify passport details, birth certificates and citizenship certificates.

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne and Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the agreement would help protect people from identity theft, which, they stated, affected up to 133,000 New Zealanders a year and cost $209 million.

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Sharing is caring: NZ and Australia agree to share the id documents of individuals with each other.

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