National Data Commissioner

The Office of the National Data Commissioner will provide oversight and regulation of the a new data sharing and release framework, including monitoring and reporting on the operation of the framework and enforcing the accompanying legislation.

In essence, the Office of the Commissioner will be responsible for implementing a simpler, data sharing and release framework to break down the barriers which prevent efficient use and reuse of public data, while maintaining the strong security and privacy protections the community expects.

The Office of the National Data Commissioner will be supported by technical advice from the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and 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.

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. To review and comment on the Issues Paper, please visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

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