26th November 2015
The NSW state government is following up on its 2015 election promise by delivering digital licences in 2016, with the first downloadable batch coming out mid year.
RSA (responsible service of alcohol) and RCG (responsible conduct of gambling) will be the first licences to go digital along with recreational fishing licences.
Dominic Perrottet, the NSW Minister of Finance and Services, is expected to make the announcement of this initiative next Wednesday during his keynote speech at the GovInnovate forum in Canberra.
This technology will allow people to display, apply, update and renew their licences using their smartphone, with real time information also available. Physical licences, however, will still be available to those who want them
Up until now, anyone collecting a RSA or RCG licence has had to visit a NSW Service centre, which can cause issues for those people in rural areas due to a lack of centres in those areas.
The NSW government issues about 23 million licences each year with nearly 770 different types licence and identification cards available across the state.