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Governments use and share data to undertake research, develop programs and improve policies and services. While data sharing already happens, the current processes and protections are inconsistent which limits the potential of Australia’s data to create a better society for everyone.
The importance of public sector data
Public sector data can help inform policy and programs, government services and research for the benefit of all Australians.
Privacy and security
Agencies are required to have strong safeguards in place to protect data – such as privacy and secrecy legislation, secure buildings and IT systems, and strict requirements on employees who have access to data.
New Data Sharing and Release Legislation
The new Data Sharing and Release legislation will help maximise the value of our public sector data, supporting our modern data-based society, driving innovation, and stimulating economic growth.
The new legislative framework is being developed to help overcome barriers which prevent efficient use of public sector data, while maintaining strong security and privacy protections.
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