The Office of the National Data Commissioner is responsible for streamlining how public sector data is used and shared to:

  • promote greater use of public sector data
  • drive innovation and economic benefits from greater use of public sector data
  • build trust with the Australian community around government’s use of data

The ONDC is developing a simpler data sharing and release framework for public sector data. The new legislative framework will help overcome barriers which prevent efficient use and reuse of public sector data, while maintaining the strong security and privacy protections that the community expects.

Our philosophy to listen, learn, and improve underpins our functions and the way we work. In July 2018 we released an Issues Paper, we’ve heard your feedback and next we will be releasing a Privacy Impact Assessment and a Discussion Paper on our refined positions for consultation. There will also be many more opportunities to comment on the legislation during the drafting process, including on the exposure draft Bill before it is taken to Parliament.

The ONDC is working with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, to ensure that Australia's data sharing and release framework is underpinned by a strong foundation of privacy and security. The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides technical advice to the ONDC. 

The ONDC is currently part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. New legislation will establish the Office of the National Data Commissioner as an independent statutory body.