The info breach is believed to have compromised the non-public info of 9.8 million Australians. Picture: Optus.

ACT residents who’ve been deemed most vulnerable to id theft or fraud because of the Optus knowledge breach will obtain a brand new driver licence card at no cost.

The ACT authorities says Entry Canberra has established a devoted staff to assist impacted clients that can work straight with them primarily based on their particular person circumstances.

The payment to exchange a card is $42.60, which Optus has agreed to credit score into affected clients’ accounts when advising them that their private particulars have been compromised.

Within the ACT, each driver licence issued contains two separate quantity fields that, since September 1, have to be used collectively, and match, to confirm an individual’s id.

Optus has suggested the ACT authorities {that a} small variety of ACT residents have had each numbers launched within the knowledge breach and that these persons are most vulnerable to id theft or fraud.

Minister for Enterprise Tara Cheyne stated Entry Canberra will prioritise those that have had each their licence quantity and card quantity compromised within the breach.

“For Canberrans changing their playing cards, the brand new card will amend a kind of fields, which is able to take away the chance of your driver licence info getting used incorrectly,” stated Cheyne.

“We perceive that persons are involved and that’s why we will likely be working shortly to make sure we are able to present new playing cards as quickly as potential.”

Canberrans who’ve been contacted by Optus and require assist can contact the Entry Canberra decision staff by calling 13 22 81 and deciding on choice one, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.

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Ian Meikle, editor