Both NSW and VIC will trial vaccine passports this week ahead of the planned opening in NSW on the 11th October and VIC on 26th October to vaccinated customers only.
The trials are set to ensure the new verification system works effectively and cannot be forged.
The digital proofs of vaccination, which in NSW will be integrated into the ServiceNSW app, will allow people to scan a QR code similar to how they currently check into a business.
The app has been designed with a digital hologram to ensure it cannot be forged and has been delayed in part by the need to access federally held databases and vaccine information.
NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello has confirmed last weekend that the database had now been uploaded with trials underway beginning last week for up to 500 people in Tamworth, Port Macquarie, Lismore and Wagga Wagga. Pending successful trials of the security and privacy settings it is expected to be rolled out across NSW on 18 October.
“We’ve already had about a week of testing, I’ve been one of the people that put my hand up for the test and it’s really seamless so far, literally took me less than two minutes,” he said.
Details about how Victorians will prove their COVID-19 vaccination status have been revealed ahead of a series “vaccinated-economy” trials that began in regional VIC on Monday 11th October.
Victorians who are fully vaccinated against the virus will be able to prove their vaccination status with a digital certificate displayed through the Service Victoria app, Express Medicare Plus app, or a smartphone wallet.
They will also be able to present a printed version of their certificate or immunisation history statement, or provide evidence of a valid exemption, the government has revealed.
Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson said instructions on how to get the Commonwealth supplied digital certificate on the Service Victoria app would be available on coronavirus.vic.gov.au from 11 October.
He said the government wanted the technology to be as easy to use as possible, so when patrons scanned a QR code to enter a venue it would check them in and verify their vaccination status at the same time.
Mr Pearson said the screens on apps which had a valid vaccinations certificate would display a green stripe with a tick
He said the government had planned ways to stop unvaccinated people using forged versions of the screen.
“Coloured holograms that move can be seen on check-in screens so venues will know it is real, making it much harder to fake a check-in screen.”
Businesses will have to have someone at entrances checking screens.
People living in regional Victoria will begin proving their vaccination status on Monday 11th October, with a series of ‘vaccinated economy’ trials being at 15 venues, including cinemas, hotels, and cafes, as well as a gym, a church and a beauty clinic, in six local government areas.
The venues will operate with higher capacity and density limits ahead of the whole state opening up in weeks.
The trials will include a midweek race meeting at Warrnambool on 14 October with successful trials being used as a benchmark for the upcoming spring racing season. A plan has been provided to the VIC government to allow 10,000 people to attend the Melbourne Cup if the state hits its 80% double vaccinated target in time.
Participants in the Vaccinated Economy trial are:
- Bass Coast – North Pier Hotel in Cowes, Churchill Island Cafe
- Buloke – Terminus Hotel in Wycheproof
- East Gippsland – East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale, Lakes Squash and Movie Theatre in Lakes Entrance, Wilson Property in Traralgon
- Greater Bendigo – Anglican Church of Australia in Flora Hill, Bendigo Art Gallery, Village Cinemas in Bendigo, Body Fit Training in Bendigo
- Pyrenees – Avoca Hotel
- Warrnambool – Darlings of Beauty, Roberts One Real Estate, Warrnambool Racing Club (race meeting), Warrnambool Art Gallery
When vaccine passports are rolled out for both NSW and VIC they will be an essential tool for making sure that only fully vaccinated adults (or people with medical exemptions) can enter venues like restaurants, bars and non-essential retail.