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Management of ePassports

Tabled Date:
Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Report Number:
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of DFAT's implementation of biometric technology to meet international requirements for enhanced passport security. In particular, the audit examined whether:

  • Australian ePassports meet international requirements, and coordination with Australian stakeholders is effective;
  • Australian biometric passport technology is fit for purpose and has enhanced passport security;
  • personal data on the passport microchip is secure and DFAT maintains an appropriate focus on both protecting privacy and client satisfaction; and
  • arrangements are in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the ePassport and to monitor risks.

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