The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull (Malcolm Turnbull) has initiated a digital transformation Agency (DTA) studies of potential application of blockchain technology in government. According to the head of the DTA , Peter Alexander (Peter Alexander), this has resulted in numerous discussions at the level of ministries and departments, and funding of this work in the amount of 700 thousand Australian dollars ($520 thousand) pledged in the state budget.
The attention of researchers is focused on the field of payments payments for social security, and the use of technology in the public and private sector. However, they affect trade, management and verification of the accuracy of open data. And in cooperation with the Commonwealth Bank and other partners, DTA will consider the use of blockchain technology in the financial sector.
Alexander also reported that in 2018-2019, the government intends to launch several pilot projects relating to the digital user identification. On the development platform Govpass DTA received $92.4 million Australian dollars that will move from policy development and comprehension tasks to the launch of the beta version, which will accommodate about 400 thousand people in the country.
Recall that in mid-April, Australian technology company IOT Group entered into an agreement with the power company Hunter Energy about the launch of blockchain-center in the closed in 2014 coal power station Redbank in the hunter Valley to produce cheaper electricity to ensure the operation of blockchain applications, and to reduce costs on your energy bill by 20%.