Secure Messaging v1.0.2

The Agency’s Secure Messaging provides software developers with information and tools to assist in the implementation of Secure Message Delivery (SMD) and Endpoint Location Service (ELS).  Information for healthcare providers wishing to use secure messaging is available at
Through collaboration between NEHTA and the software industry, Standards Australia published Australian Technical Specification (ATS) 5822 E-Health Secure Message Delivery (SMD) in March 2010.
ATS 5822 is supported by the following foundational specifications which are common to other eHealth solutions, including Electronic Transfer of Prescription, the Personally Controlled eHealth Record, and the Healthcare Identifiers Service:

  • ATS 5821 E-Health XML Secured Payload Profiles
  • ATS 5820 E-Health Web Services Profiles

The above publications are available via

NOTE: The sample code previously available in this end product is now available in the Secure Messaging Integration Toolkit.

End products superseded by

A new version has been released for this end product

Please refer to Secure Messaging v1.0.3 or refer to the Release History for all releases of this End Product.

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This document covers the technical design and operation of the Secure Message Delivery specification by identifying interfaces and describing usage scenarios for those interfaces (using UML sequence diagrams).

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The purpose of this document is to introduce and contextualise the body of work facing software vendors and organisations who choose to implement the Agency Secure Message Delivery (SMD).

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The qualified certificate reference specification provides a simple means of locating an X.509 certificate from a distributed reference. It also allows for direct retrieval from a PEM value.

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The purpose of this document is to describe how identifiers can be represented as Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI).

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This is the technical service specification for the Endpoint Location Service (ELS) using a SOAP Web services interface.

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This is the solution design for the Endpoint Location Service (ELS). This document contains the solution design from the business architecture, information architecture and technical architecture perspectives.

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The Endpoint Location Service: Solution Design defines the concept of a certificate use value.

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This release of the Secure Messaging end product removes the developer resource product components and related product data sheets.

Release history

By operation of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing the Australian Digital Health Agency) Rule 2016, on 1 July 2016, all the assets and liabilities of NEHTA will vest in the Australian Digital Health Agency. In this website, on and from 1 July 2016, all references to "National E-Health Transition Authority" or "NEHTA" will be deemed to be references to the Australian Digital Health Agency. PCEHR means the My Health Record, formerly the "Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record", within the meaning of the My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth), formerly called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (Cth).

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