By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE, 17 MARCH: The Andrews Labor government has approved a new Australia Post App to use mobile phones as proof of age. The new system, the digital Keypass, an Australian first, can be used as evidence of age document in all licensed venues across Victoria.
The digital keypass was trialed at more than 50 licensed venues in Fitzroy between October 2017 and January this
The free Australia Post smartphone app includes an on-screen animation that prevents the replication of the digital Keypass on a non-approved app or format.
Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz says, “This is a win for Victorians who enjoy our wonderful nightlife and a win for venue operators.
This new smartphone form of ID will mean Victorians can leave their passport, driver’s license or proof-of-age card at home before heading out for the night – and help venues ensure the patrons they’re serving are above age.”
The app generates a temporary Quick Response (QR) code that can be scanned by a liquor venue as an extra layer of security using Australia Post’s Digital iDTM smartphone app or a third party ID scanner (such as a Scantek ID scanner).
Identification verification checks take place at Australia Post using the same methods as those used for physical keypasses.
Australia Post General Manager Digital iDTM Cameron Gough says, “Keypass in Digital IDTM was developed here in Melbourne, so we are delighted that Victoria has become the first
state to approve it as an acceptable proof-of-age identity document.”
“Keypass has been a popular proof-of-age card in Australia for more than 25 years. Incorporating Keypass into Digital IDTM will deliver a more convenient way for young people to enjoy a night out together, furthering our 200- plus year commitment to better connect Australians with their communities,” he said.
The initiative is supported by the Australian Hotels Association and other industry bodies and will make it easier for pubs, clubs and other licensed venues to comply with Victoria’s strict liquor laws.