Service NSW experienced a widespread outage of its mobile app on Thursday that prevented citizens from checking into businesses and accessing the digital driver licence for four hours.
The problems emerged just after 2:00pm AEDT on Thursday, with users reporting difficulties accessing the in-app CovidSafe check-in tool.
Under rules introduced in January, NSW residents are required to log their attendance at venues by scanning a QR code using the tool.
The information is used by NSW Health officials for contact tracing.
Service NSW acknowledged an “issue affecting multiple Service NSW transactions and services” in a tweet at 3:00pm.
“We’re working to resolve this ASAP and sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.Please note the digital driver licence should still be available as a cached version,” it said.
By 6:00pm, some service had begun returing to normal. All other services were restored by 7:30pm.
Hi, I am completely locked out of my ID . Tried multiple password resets on the website and it didn’t work. Created a nice long line in the post office.— Samantha Dickson (@samtown87) March 11, 2021
The problems come two months after the last major outage of the Service NSW app, which also left people unable to log their visits.
The app has now been downloaded more than 4 million times – or by approximately 75 percent of NSW’s adult population. It has facilitated in excess of 117 million check-ins.