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Permissions Capability

Smarter investment in adaptive and rapid release technology and functionality

​​​​​​About the Permissions C​apability ​

Reusable Permissions Capability​

The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs and the Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for Government Services announced a shift in the Government’s approach to technology procurement. The focus will be prioritising reusable capabilities that allow multiple parts of Government to solve similar problems in an efficient, collaborative, and technologically integrated manner.​

Consistent with the Government’s response to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (the Thodey Review), the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) and the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) were instructed to source and deliver a Permissions Capability (Capability) that could be reused across government for permission-based services, including modernising visa and citizenship service delivery. The Permissions Capability will deliver a solution that provides consistent, efficient processing, workflow, approvals and decision functionality for Government departments and agencies who issue various permissions including visas, permits, accreditation, licenses and registrations.​

The Permissions Capability will include technology based platform and functional components and will have a number of non-functional requirements that align with Whole of Government architecture and strategies, including ensuring that appropriate privacy safeguards will be in place and privacy implicati​ons are considered.

For the initial use case, Home Affairs is seeking to digitise existing Incoming Passenger Cards – including collecting additional health-related declarations and passenger contact information, to support the national COVID-19 response. Home Affairs will also develop a simple digital visa product to test the integration capabilities of the platform. Together, these initial use cases will prove the efficacy and utility of the Capability, while at the same time supporting the reopening of Australia’s borders through COVID-19 safe resumption of international travel.

On 17 October 2020, the Department released a Notice of Intent to procure regarding the Permissions Capability on the AusTender website, along with a supporting Industry Information Paper.

Request for Tender (RFT) was released to market on 23 October 2020 and closed on 18 December 2020. The RFT is for the procurement of a Permissions Capability that will be re-used across government departments and agencies.​