This audit assessed the effectiveness of DFAT's implementation of biometric technology in meeting 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.