Queenslanders can expect to go digital with their drivers license next year, with a contract to deliver the Digital License App to Queenslanders now signed.
The announcement follows a successful trial of the app in the Fraser Coast in 2020.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Thales Australia and New Zealand would finalise the development and delivery of the app, which would be rolled out across the state next year.
“Queensland is modernizing it’s approach to licencing, as we progress with the development of a Digital License App that will hit Queensland phones next year,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Fraser Coast trial was a resounding success, with users reporting a 94 per cent satisfaction rating during the testing.
“This gives us confidence that we’re on the right track to ensuring the smooth and successful roll out of the Digital License App across the state.
“What we’re doing here is creating a modern, innovative solution that adopts international best-practice solutions and has the privacy of data front of mind.”
Mr Bailey said the next stage of the roll out would see the Digital License App trialled in the Townsville region later this year.
“The app is being upgraded based on feedback from the Fraser Coast pilot, as well as adding new functionality and options to make sure we are meeting the needs of the people who use it,” he said.
Mr Bailey said the Digital License App would comply with an international standard, which means Queenslanders would be able to use it around Australia and overseas.
“A new standard for mobile driving licenses was published in 2021, and our app will comply with this standard, giving Queenslanders greater freedom and convenient options to use their Digital License when traveling,” Minister Bailey said.
“We have involved customers and user testing at every phase of the project, from the initial planning and development, through trials and testing, and on to the final roll-out.
“I’m pleased that the development of the app will also strengthen the Queensland information technology and innovation sector, with Thales collaborating with Brisbane-based app development firms Aliva and Code Heroes.
“Thales’ combined bid with Code Heroes and Aliva means we can continue to adopt international best-practice solutions, while also showingcasing Queensland’s technology sector to the world.”
Thales Australia and New Zealand CEO Chris Jenkins said Thales was excited to continue their partnership with the Queensland Government to deliver the digital licence.
“This solution is an Australia-first, meeting the International Mobile Driver License Standard ISO 18013-5, which was published last year. This will allow the state’s digital driver licenses to be recognised and used all over the world,” Mr Jenkins said.