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National Data Advisory Council Meeting Reports

Meeting Reports

Read the reports from the Statutory National Data Advisory Council meetings below.

National Data Advisory Council Meeting Reports

The statutory National Data Advisory Council held its second meeting on 4 October 2022. The meeting was chaired by the National Data Commissioner, Ms Gayle Milnes. Members endorsed minutes and actions from the June meeting, and a forward agenda for the December meeting.

The Council reviewed the ONDC’s communication and engagement strategy and provided feedback on the strategy and its action plan, including sharing lessons from the private sector and others.

Members viewed a live demonstration of Dataplace, the new IT platform that supports data sharing and administration of the DATA Scheme.  The Council provided feedback on the data request and data sharing services that are being developed for release later this year.  

The Council discussed progress with the Data Discovery program and the draft Data Inventory Guide that brings together the learnings from the three pilot Data Inventory Projects undertaken by the ONDC. Members provided advice on future steps regarding the development of an Australian Government Data Catalogue.

Members provided advice on how Commonwealth agencies can consider recovering the costs of data sharing, in accordance with s140 of the Data Availability and Transparency Act 2022 and existing government policy.

The statutory National Data Advisory Council held its first meeting on 30 June 2022. The virtual meeting was chaired by the National Data Commissioner, Ms Gayle Milnes.

Members endorsed terms of reference for the Council and agreed a forward agenda and schedule of meetings.

The Council discussed draft objectives, measures and targets for the DATA Scheme, emphasising the importance of being able to demonstrate public benefit from sharing data.  They also discussed challenges with establishing baselines, identifying benchmarks, attribution and creating the right incentives.

Council members provided advice on a draft data code which will guide scheme participants on how the data sharing principles are to be applied, focused on the public interest test as well as the approaches to consent, privacy and ethics.

The Council considered the National Data Commissioner's draft regulatory posture and annual regulation and compliance priorities, noting the importance of timeliness and a risk-based approach.

The Council discussed the approach to accrediting data service providers under the DATA Scheme, providing advice on proposed questions and processes as they applied to the range of scheme participants (Commonwealth and state government agencies as well as universities), offering different data services.