The Australian government is seeking to green light a digital passport for workers who can exchange their verifiable career credentials with potential employers.

In the proposed plans, career documents will be turned into verifiable digital ID credentials on a platform similar to the Medicare app. With $9.1 million in public funding supporting the initiative, job seekers will be able to present or send their resume and career documents as immutable credentials.

A paper, published by Treasurer Jim Chalmers on Monday, will confirm if the government intends to put proposed plans into action and seek approval for a digital skills passport  between industry, unions and tertiary institutions.

The scope of which credentials will be integrated, design and function is yet to be decided. With more people up-skilling themselves by gaining new qualifications, lining up multiple job offers or changing careers, the skills passport mimics a digital ID to help employers identify highly-skilled workers during the hiring process.