Data is a vital national resource and by enabling greater sharing and reuse of data the Government will be able to deliver better services for citizens and develop more informed and targeted policies. A new data sharing and release legislation will improve the sharing, use and reuse of public sector data while maintaining the strong security and privacy protections the community expects.

Further information about this reform as well as other reforms to the Australian data landscape can be found on the Data Availability and Use website.

The National Data Commissioner is responsible for implementing a simpler data sharing and release framework to improve social and economic outcomes for Australians while safeguarding data.

Data Sharing and Release Reforms

The Australian Government has committed to reforming data governance to better realise the economic and social benefits of increased data use, while maintaining public trust and confidence in the system.

More information on the Data Sharing and Release Reforms is available.

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 read the submissions to the issues paper, please visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Interim National Data Commissioner - Ms Deborah Anton

Ms Deborah Anton

The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation, announced the appointment of Ms Deborah Anton as the interim National Data Commissioner on 9 August 2018.

Over the past two decades, Ms Anton has worked in the Australian Public Service with wide ranging experience in legislation, regulation, policy and program delivery, including the establishment of the Government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is the primary point of contact for Australian businesses to prevent and respond to malicious activity.

Ms Anton holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, and a Master of Management from the Australian National University (ANU). She has also completed the Company Directors Course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors from the National Security College’s Executive Development Program.