Randall Brugeaud, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) head executive pointed out welfare payment delivery as an early use case for its blockchain implementation effort at a conference in Sydney last week. The DTA was instituted in 2015, part of the government’s broad digitization agenda that tasks the agency to envolve other government structures and help them undergo digitization.
Our plan is to look for use cases across the Commonwealth with an initial focus on the welfare payment delivery system, then working with our digital service standard, we’ll conduct user research a view of having a prototype by the end of the next financial years. The potential of blockchain to securely record transactions will be investigated, drawing on the experience of other public and private sector organizations.
Chief Executive, Digital Transformation Agency
There are substantial merits of delivering social security welfare to citizens over a blockchain including transparency, immutability and raise efficiency with automated payments. The effort is especially concentrated on payments from Centrelink, part of the Department of Health Services (DHS) that ‘delivers a range of payments and services for people at times of major change,’ as described by the Australian government.
The initiative enters to light soon after the DTA was earmarked AU$700,000 by the Australian government as a part of its 2018-19 budget to specifically research blockchain applications in government services.