The Government is now in a caretaker period. Until the new government is sworn in, government operations are conducted in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions.
The Office of the National Data Commissioner will be responsible for implementing a simpler data sharing and release framework. The new framework will break down the barriers which prevent efficient use and reuse of public data, while maintaining the strong security and privacy protections that the community expects.
The Office will work with the national privacy regulator, the Australian Information Commissioner, to ensure that Australia's data sharing and release framework is underpinned by a strong foundation of privacy and security. We will also be supported by technical advice from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
On 4 July 2018, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation released an Issues Paper on new Data Sharing and Release Legislation, seeking public comment. Submissions will inform the development of new legislation.