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The National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution

The Victorian Government has joined the Commonwealth Government’s National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution.

The National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution (NDLFRS) will protect Victorians from identity theft, prevent crime and improve road safety and ID verification 

The Victorian data uploaded to the NDLFRS technology will be available to approved Victorian Government agencies for use. 

Under an Intergovernmental Agreement, the states and territories agreed in October 2017 to participate in the Commonwealth Government’s NDLFRS to share and match identity information – although none have yet signed onto the scheme in full. 

The NDLFRS is hosted on a Department of Home Affairs platform. It is part of the Commonwealth Government’s national Identity Matching Services.    

How we'll use the NDLFRS 

Once in use by the Victorian Government, the NDLFRS will mean: 

  • Victorians are better protected from identity theft and crime.  
  • Getting dangerous drivers off our roads. 
  • Increased capabilities to prevent, detect and investigate identity crime. 
  • Everyone can easily and securely verify their identity. 
  • Locating missing persons will be easier. 

The NDLFRS cannot be used for mass surveillance. 

Once implemented, approved Victorian Government agencies can use advanced face matching technology to review specific photographs. The system identifies distinctive facial characteristics, which can then be compared against driver licence images. This technology is already in use in Australia for passport and immigration purposes. 

How we'll join the NDLFRS 

Victoria will join the NDLFRS in two stages. 

Stage 1  

This stage is currently underway and includes the upload of the following driver licence information: 

  • photographs 
  • name
  • date of birth 
  • address
  • gender  
  • licence number 

Traffic infringement information or demerit points will not be uploaded. 

Once data is uploaded there will be a 3-month testing and checking phase.  

Consent to share personal data has already been provided by Victorian driver licence applicants and holders at the time of application and renewal, by agreeing to the VicRoads Privacy Statement and Collection Notice. It's not possible to ‘opt-out’ of the NDLFRS. 

Stage 2  

VicRoads and the Department of Premier and Cabinet will review applications from Victorian Government agencies, such as Victoria Police, who may need access to driver licence data. 

Approved agencies will sign a Participation Agreement with the Department of Home Affairs and VicRoads before they can access Victorian data.  

Prior to Stage 2 the existing arrangements to share driver licence data between VicRoads and Victoria Police will remain. 

How we'll protect personal information 

Victorian driver licence data will be stored in the NDLFRS - a secure system hosted by the Department of Home Affairs. The security of this system:

  • complies with Commonwealth Government security requirements
  • has been reviewed by an independent security specialist
  • is assessed as secure by the Victorian Government Chief Information Security Officer

In the unlikely event that the system is hacked, the Victorian Government will follow the cyber incident response steps. We will notify you of any serious data breach involving your personal information and recommend the steps you should take in response..  

The Road Safety Act 1986 allows the sharing of Victorian driver licence data via the NDLFRS. We’re complying with the: 

  • Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 
  • Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 
  • Public Records Act 1973 

More information 

The NDLFRS is just one part of the Commonwealth Government's National Identity Matching Services. For more information, visit the IDMatch website

Reviewed 24 September 2019

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