Australian government of New South Wales began to use the blockchain within a national programm for digitization of driving licenses.
Secure Logic, Australian IT company and the project's technological partner, participated in development of a blockchain network called TrustGrid, that intends to support an initiative for data protection in distributed form. The New South Wales government stated, that a project's pilot version would involve about 140 thousand of drivers and official launch of TrustGrid had scheduled for 2019.
A new program will use the distributed network in order to store and authenticate drivers' licenses. Due to it users will get a possibility to present their digitized identity via mobile app. Drivers will be spared from having to show physical documents as an identity and age proofs during police checks or visiting places of entertainment.
This year's May, Australian government adopted a bill, that allows country's residents to present their data digitized, including by means of the distributed registry technology. This scheme complies with the Australian government's general objectives on implementation of blockchain and distributed registry technology within the Digital Economy initiative.
Today the Australian Federal Agency, engaged in scientific research, is developing a national blockchain in cooperation with IBM, that will enable commercial organizations to perform transactions, based on legal smart contracts.