National Data Commissioner

The National Data Commissioner will be responsible for the management and oversight of the Data Availability and Transparency Act (DATA) scheme.

The National Data Commissioner will regulate and oversee the DATA scheme while: 

  • promoting the use and reuse of public sector data.
  • enhancing the integrity of the public sector data system. 
  • engaging with the community and build trust about use of public sector data. 
  • applying the Data Availability and Transparency Act in a consistent and effective manner.

The Australian Government has appointed an Interim National Data Commissioner to lead the development of the DATA scheme. The Government will appoint a National Data Commissioner once the law is enacted.

Interim National Data Commissioner

Deborah Anton

Deborah Anton

Ms Deborah Anton was appointed as the Interim National Data Commissioner on 9 August 2018. In this role, she has led the development of reforms to improve the use of Government data to deliver public benefit. This has culminated in the Data Availability and Transparency Bill, which aims to modernise government data sharing to improve government service delivery, inform government policies and programs and enable greater research and development. 

Over the past two decades, Ms Anton has gravitated to roles that sit at the intersection of technology and policy. Her experience stretches from the early days of broadband policy and programs, to cybersecurity and championing internal transformation through smart use of technology. 

Ms Anton holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, and a Master of Management, both from the Australian National University (ANU). She has also completed the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.