Get ready for the DPD
It’s the new hot acronym in the COVID game, and it stands for the new Digital Passenger Declaration. The Federal Government says the digital border pass will soon be in place to collect and store international travellers’ details and health information, including their vaxx status. Redundant: that special moment in departures or on the plane when you fill in a passenger card, taking extra care to stay inside the character boxes you can barely see. The DPD will be integrated with state/territory/Medicare QR code vaccination certificates that are going around and will be designed to help state and territory health authorities with their contact tracing if need be. There are future plans to use the technology across a range of government services, including visa applications, import and export permits, and licences. Accenture has been awarded a $75 million contract to develop the DPD within the next few months.
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