National Data Advisory Council

Draft Terms of Reference

Role of the National Data Advisory Council

The National Data Advisory Council (‘the Council’) will provide advice to the National Data Commissioner on ethical data use, social licence and building trust, technical best practice, and industry and international developments.

This includes, but is not limited to, assisting the National Data Commissioner to find the optimal balance between streamlining the sharing and release of data and ensuring the protection of individual privacy.

The National Data Commissioner may also request advice from the Council on specific issues relating to the broader data environment.


The Council will have up to ten members including the National Data Commissioner. The Council will comprise members from the Australian Government, business and industry, privacy right groups and academics.

Members will be appointed for two-year terms.

Members of specific groups will represent their organisation, rather than attending in an individual capacity, and are expected to consult on issues across their organisation.

Non-government members will be paid sitting fees and costs related to meeting attendance.

New members will be sought through an Expression of Interest process conducted by the Office of the National Data Commissioner.


The Council will meet between two and four times per year. Meetings will be chaired by the National Data Commissioner.

Meetings will take place in Canberra, or in other state capitals. Teleconference facilities will be made available to members who are unable to travel to Canberra, or other locations, for a meeting.

Meetings will be held at times which ensure the Council’s advice can support existing governance and decision structures and key decision points.

Members will also have access to an online forum to discuss matters between meetings.

The quorum for Council meetings will be at least six members, including the Chair.


The Council will be supported by the Office of the National Data Commissioner.

Expressions of Interest

Council Members will be announced shortly.