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Permissions Capability

Smarter investment in adaptive and rapid release technology and functionality

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

Reusable Permissions Capability​

In October 2020, the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, and the Minister for Government Services, the Hon Stuart Robert MP,​ announced a shift in the Government’s approach to technology procurement. The focus is to prioritise reusable IT capabilities that allow multiple parts of Government to solve similar problems in a collaborative and 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. 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 will digitise existing Incoming Passenger Cards – including collecting additional health-related declarations and passenger contact information, to support the national COVID-19 response. This initial use case, the Digital Passenger Declaration, will prove the effectiveness and benefit of the Permissions 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 was for the procurement of a Permissions Capability that will be re-used across government departments and agencies.​

In September 2021, Accenture was engaged to deliver a whole-of-government Permissions Capability. Accenture was awarded the work through a competitive tender process, and will work closely with the Department of Home Affairs to deliver the pilot later this year.