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Data from drivers' licences issued in Victoria will be uploaded to the Federal Government's National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution, following an agreement reached by the Council of Australian Governments.

A statement from the Victorian Government on Tuesday said the data would be used to identify fake licences or multiple IDs issued to a single individual and curb fraud.

It said the data would only be available to other Victorian-based government agencies.

Expanding the use of the date would not be authorised until the government of Victoria was satisfied by the proposed identity-matching Services Bill which is before the Federal Parliament.

Victoria Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings said: "This technology will help keep government agencies ahead of the pack when it comes to combating identity fraud, which is one of the most common and costly crimes facing our state.

“We are doing this as part of a national agreement, while ensuring the privacy of Victorians is not compromised.”

Roads Minister Jaala Pulford said: "This will make it harder for people to conceal their true identities and use multiple licences to avoid traffic fines, demerit points or licence cancellations.

“This will greatly assist in removing unauthorised and dangerous drivers from our roads.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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