On 17 October 2020, the Government announced its plans to prepare Australia for safe reopening of global travel to the world by introducing a digital system to replace the Incoming Passenger Card and support quick and secure collection of incoming passenger information.
As per the announcement, Australia-bound travellers will be required to new Digital Passenger Declaration on their electronic devices to enable faster contact tracing as part of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.
The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs said, “Today’s announcement is a major step forward in delivering that vision, whilst having the benefit of building a strategic, foundational platform for our whole of government ICT architecture…Our goal is for people and businesses to access government services as easily as they can and with as little intervention as possible, just like when you do online shopping or banking. The new Digital Passenger Declaration will do just that and help us re-open borders in a safe and responsible way.”
To know more about the Permissions Capability, visit the Department’s website here.