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Permissions Capability

Smarter investment in adaptive and rapid release technology and functionality

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Frequently ask​​​​​ed questions

There are more frequently asked questions available for registered tenderers in the virtual data room.​ Access to the virtual data room was provided directly to tenderers upon return of the required Deed of Confidentiality.​

The Permissions Capability RFT is being managed by Home Affairs and the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA). Home Affairs is managing the process RFT process as the Department will be the first user of the Permissions Capability.

The DTA is working with Home Affairs to develop a new Whole of Government (WoG) Permissions Capability. The DTA is the policy owner for reuse of the Permissions Capability across government. Home Affairs will be the first Department using the Permissions Capability.

The Permissions Capability will be designed and developed for reuse across government for other similar permissions-based services such as, permits, accreditations, licences and registrations.

The WoG Permissions Capability is in preliminary planning stages. Timelines will be finalised as part of this planning. However the intention is to have the Permissions Capability in operation by the third quarter 2021 to support the delivery of the initial use cases.

No, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) require that ‘all potential suppliers to government must be treated equitably based on their commercial, legal, technical and financial abilities and not be discriminated against due to their size, degree of foreign affiliation or ownership, location, or the origin of their goods and services.’ However management of government-based information and data must be stored or hosted in Australia and must meet all Australian Government security policies and regulations.

The first use cases will be from the Home Affairs portfolio and comprise: a Digital Passenger Declaration; and a simple digital visa. 

Currently the Government collects a range of passenger contact details and other information declarations in relation to customs quarantine and other matters, from citizens and non-citizens entering Australia in a manual, paper based process. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the information contained on the Incoming Passenger Card, has been supplemented by another manual form containing additional health related information. One of the initial use cases for the Capability will involve digitising, combining, integrating and enhancing multiple manual processes, which will eliminate processing delays resulting from the need to scan paper cards. It will significantly enhance the national response to COVID-19 and contact tracing efforts. In the future, collection and verification of vaccination information will assist in managing health related risks at the international border.

The Government currently collects a range of passenger contact details and other information, alongside formal declarations in relation to customs and other matters, from citizens and non-citizens entering Australia in a manual, paper based process. The first use cases deployed on the Permissions Capability will be a Digital Passenger Declaration that will replace the current Incoming Passenger Card.