6 December 2005
Draft Authentication Standards released for consultation
The State Services Commission today released a set of draft authentication standards for public consultation.
The standards are designed to provide New Zealanders with a uniform and consistent experience of secure online
transactions with government agencies.
"Achieving the goal of 'no wrong door' hinges upon the success of the All-of-government Authentication programme,"
Laurence Millar, Deputy Commissioner Information and Communications Technology, said. "Government agencies have put an
impressive array of public information online, but are increasingly looking to bring more services online that offer New
Zealanders the convenience, privacy and security they expect."
"Authentication ensures services are delivered securely to the right person. To give people confidence in secure online
government services, a consistent approach is needed for online authentication across government", Laurence Millar said.
The authentication standards will help agencies implement the New Zealand E-government Strategy and contribute towards
the Digital Strategy launched early this year.
The suite contains business process, technology, and data standards aimed at maintaining and improving authentication
processes and services for government agencies delivering services to people, particularly those delivered using the
Working groups representing a range of government and non-government stakeholder groups developed the draft standards
The next phase of their development is to consult on the draft standards with all relevant stakeholders. After comments
have been received, the working groups will consider all feedback before finalising the standards next year. After
finalisation the standards will be incorporated into the New Zealand E-government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF).
Further information on the draft standards and the consultation process can be found on the e-government website
The closing date for submissions is 17 February 2006.