Australian Data and Digital Council

Data and technology are changing how Australians live, work and prosper. Australians expect governments to meet the highest standards of service delivery; to protect their data, privacy and security; to offer a wide choice in accessing services; and to account for diverse needs.

The Australian Digital Council (ADC) was established in September 2018 to facilitate and drive better cross-government collaboration on data and digital transformation, and to create better services and policy outcomes for all Australians.

On 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to streamline the Ministerial Council system. In recognition of the critical role of data and technology, COAG elevated the ADC to the COAG level as the Australian Data and Digital Council. The Council is chaired by the Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services, representing the Commonwealth and includes ministerial representation from all Australian states and territories.

The Council is working to align policies and services across Australia by focusing on:

  • Transforming government services around life events
  • Reforming cross-jurisdictional data and digital platforms, services and protocols
  • Enhancing government capability to build public trust and deliver digitally
  • Delivering a seamless digital identity experience for citizens


Membership of the Australian Data and Digital Council is made up of one ministerial representative from each State and Territory with responsibility for data and/or digital matters and chaired by the Commonwealth Minister for Government Services.

Terms of Reference

Australian Data and Digital Council Terms of Reference

Meeting Outcomes

Further information about COAG

COAG and its councils