Making the case: An NCRIS Trust and Identity Capability – Enabling a more interconnected, efficient and secure NCRIS system

Ms Elleina Filippi1, Mr Heath Marks1, Mr Richard Northam1

1AAF, Brisbane, Australia

Since 2006, successive NCRIS Roadmaps have recognised Access and Authentication as crucial national research infrastructure. In 2009 the first steps were taken to establish a Trust and Identity (T&I) federation for Australia’s research and education system. The efficiency and effectiveness of the research system continues to require a systemic approach for T&I beyond AAF’s current offering as requirements emerge.

There is an opportunity for Australia to leverage the work of the European Union and other international approaches to T&I. A systemic program that enables the Australian Access Federation (AAF) to deliver a system-wide T&I capability beyond its current offering will significantly benefit the research sector. AAF envisages a NCRIS T&I program that will:

  • ensure key skills and expertise in T&I are nurtured
  • provide access to a world leading framework and blueprint architectures
  • enhance national capabilities that enable researchers to collaborate globally
  • create a more connected, efficient and integrated research system
  • ensure a cyber safe and secure research infrastructure.

Australia’s research infrastructure would be more secure, interconnected and easier to use.  It would accelerate research, providing greater flexibility for researchers that produce and/or use data to collaborate domestically and internationally, making it easier to move data and workloads across Australia’s research infrastructure system and help to protect Australia’s valuable infrastructure and data from cyberattacks and foreign interference.

Australia is well positioned to fast-track an initiative to build the necessary framework, blueprint building blocks and expertise to achieve a system-wide approach to T&I for research. See:


Elleina joined the AAF in November 2014 as the Service Delivery Manager and was recently appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Elleina is responsible for the AAF business operations the ORCID Portfolio and overseeing the delivery of services, communication and subscriber engagement activities. Elleina has over 15 years’ experience in communication, change and digital media and previously worked at QUT in the Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support as their Communication Team Leader and implemented a number of communications, engagement and service delivery activities.

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