Data Sharing and Release Reforms

The Productivity Commission’s 2017 Inquiry into Data Availability and Use investigated ways to improve the availability and use of public and private sector data. The Productivity Commission was required to:

  • look at the benefits and costs of making public and private datasets more available
  • examine options for collection, sharing and release of data
  • identify ways consumers can use and benefit from access to data, particularly data about themselves
  • consider how to preserve individual privacy and control over data use.

The final report was publicly released on 8 May 2017.

The Data Availability and Transparency Act 2022 subsequently came into force on 1 April 2022, establishing the Data Availability and Transparency Act (DATA) Scheme.

The National Data Commissioner is responsible for leading the Office of the National Data Commissioner (ONDC) and holding DATA Scheme participants accountable against robust standards of privacy, security and transparency.

Refer to the ONDC’s website for further information on the DATA Scheme.

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