Strengthening the national data system

Strengthening the national data system

Public Data
Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Improving Australia’s current data system. Delivering significant community-wide benefits.

The Australian Government is investing $65 million over the next four years to reform the Australian data system and introduce a range of reform measures to implement the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.

Australia’s data is a major national resource, offering enormous opportunity for innovation in Government services, economic enterprise and in research and development.

The reforms will focus on three key areas:

  • Creation of a new Consumer Data Right which will give citizens greater transparency and control over their own data.
  • Establishment of a National Data Commissioner to implement and oversee a simpler, more efficient data sharing and release framework. The National Data Commissioner will be the trusted overseer of the public data system.
  • Drafting and implementing new legislative and governance arrangements to enable better use of data across the economy while ensuring appropriate safeguards are in place to protect sensitive information.

These reforms will help empower Australians, governments, industries and researchers to use and share data, while maintaining the strict privacy, security and transparency safeguards essential to maintain trust in the system.

To learn more about these reform measures and the broader national data system visit the official Data Availability website.