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Transcript: Interview with David Koch on Sunrise

Ministers:

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

Topics: The Morrison Government’s launch of International proof of vaccination

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DAVID KOCH:

We're getting closer to overseas travel and the Government is launching COVID-19 proof of vaccination, which is your passport to freely fly in to countries around the globe. You can apply for it via the myGov website from tomorrow.

To explain it all we are joined by Stuart Robert the Minister for Employment, Skills, Workforce, Small and Family Business, from Canberra, Minister would you be able to travel anywhere in the world without this vaccine passport?

MINISTER ROBERT:

The great thing about travel starting out of Sydney on November 1, Kochie, is will be able to travel and see family and friends, but different countries of the world will have different standards, at this stage we don't know what they may be. So to ensure Australian citizens are ready, from tomorrow they will have their international COVID certificate. You can download it from myGov, it will be read by over 145 countries around the world using the same passport technology.

So you will have your certificate with your passport and you’ll be ready to go and you won’t be caught short.

DAVID KOCH:

So, this will be a bit of paper that you stick in your passport, it doesn't download to your electronic passport?

MINISTER ROBERT:

Absolutely you can hold in your phone, electronically, in the way you hold your record of vaccination. Or you can print it out, the good thing about printing it out of course, if your phone goes flat on the plane you will still have your record of vaccination.

DAVID KOCH:

But you know how you have got a chip in your passport that you use when you use the digital turnstiles and immigration? It doesn't automatically go there as well?

MINISTER ROBERT:

No because that chip is set in your passport and passports are renewed every 10 years and the chip is a one-way data so you can't put new data on it. Also as boosters come along or things change, you might want to update the certificate, hence why it is in paper or digital form, you will present your passport and present a certificate.

Your passport identifies you as an Australian citizen, the certificate identifies you as being vaccinated. That way you won't be caught short overseas.

DAVID KOCH:

In the past you travel to some countries you have got to have your little yellow booklet, don't you that shows he has got yellow fever and stuff. So it is similar to that?

MINISTER ROBERT:

Exactly the same. Every time I had went to Africa I had to show yellow fever in my little yellow international vaccination booklet. This is the same, albeit it will be paper or digital but does exactly the same thing.

DAVID KOCH:

How do you know it is safe from hackers?

MINISTER ROBERT:

It is using exactly the same public-private key structure that we use for our passports so the International Civil Aviation Organisation has organise this across 145 countries of the world. It has never been compromised a single time and uses exactly the same two-dimensional technology as defined in your passport, so it is passport level strength.

DAVID KOCH:

Excellent. Good news. Thanks very much for explaining. Appreciated.

MINISTER ROBERT:

Great to join you.