State politics | Digital days have begun for driver's licence

SMART: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with his recently downloaded Digital Driver's Licence.
SMART: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with his recently downloaded Digital Driver's Licence.

I'M pleased to confirm that NSW drivers can now use a Digital Driver's Licence (DDL) on their smartphone for proof of identity, proof of age and at roadside police checks.

We've always put the customer at the heart of everything we do. Opal card and Service NSW have revolutionised the customer experience. The Digital Driver's Licence is the latest way we are making life easier for the people of this state.

More than 550,000 people have already downloaded the digital licence, with 97 per cent giving it the thumbs up.

The Digital Driver's Licence has inbuilt security controls to protect customers' personal information.

The DDL is hosted securely on the new Service NSW app, locks with a PIN and can be accessed offline. It will provide additional levels of security and protection against identity fraud compared with the plastic driver licence.

We are working closely with business and industry to have them come on board and accept the DDL. This includes nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, petrol stations, supermarkets, convenience stores and tobacco retailers. Watch this space.

Drivers who opt-in are encouraged to carry their plastic licence in the initial stages.

For more information about how to recognise and accept the DDL, visit www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/digital-driver-licence

To get a DDL, licence holders will need to create a MyServiceNSW Account at www.service.nsw.gov.au and download the Service NSW mobile app on their smartphone.

The DDL will always be opt-in only.

SPORTS FUNDS

I'M urging sporting clubs in the region wanting to improve mental health and wellbeing in drought-stricken areas to contact their state body and apply for a share of a new $1.2 million Mental Health Sports Fund.

Sport is a great way to unwind, get out of the house and catch up with mates.

The fund was launched off the back of the highly successful 2018 "Baggy Blues" regional cricket tour - which harnessed a love of cricket in rural communities to have conversations about the importance of mental health.

The Baggy Blues will tour new locations next year, starting in Inverell in January and Tamworth in February.

We are hoping a diverse range of sporting codes will apply to promote mental health, and start important conversations in regional areas battling this tough drought.

For further information and how to apply, please visit the Office of Sport NSW website: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/Mental-Health-Sports-Fund

Anyone requiring drought assistance is encouraged to visit the NSW DroughtHub website: www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au