Discussion Paper and Privacy Impact Assessment

A Discussion Paper and Privacy Impact Assessment on Data Sharing and Release legislative reforms is open for public consultation until 15 October 2019.

How to provide comments or make a submission

We are conducting public consultation on the Discussion Paper and the Privacy Impact AssessmentWe will continue to listen, learn and improve our policy positions as a result of this feedback.

The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm, 15 October 2019. The Office of the National Data Commissioner will consider requests for extensions to this closing date on a case by case basis.

Make a submission

Discussion Paper

The Discussion Paper is the next step on an iterative journey towards reforming the way public sector data is shared and used. The Discussion Paper presents the valuable insights we have heard and highlights concerns expressed about data sharing including through consultation on an Issues Paper in 2018, roundtable and bilateral discussions. 

We want to hear views on these proposed reforms to enable safe sharing of data to deliver benefits to the community. The Discussion Paper outlines:

  • The valuable insights we have heard and concerns held by the public about data sharing.
  • How improved data sharing will improve and benefit policy and program development, research and government services.
  • A safe and secure framework to enable sharing while protecting and respecting privacy.
  • Our approach to accreditation and implementation of the Data Sharing Principles.
  • The National Data Commissioner’s role in overseeing the public sector data system.

Read the Discussion Paper.

Privacy Impact Assessment

We also commissioned a Privacy Impact Assessment to identify our privacy strengths as well as the challenges we face. The Office of the National Data Commissioner has accepted all the recommendations, in full or in principle. Once we have a draft legislation, we intend to commission a second Privacy Impact Assessment to assess whether we have implemented the policy framework into legislation successfully.

Read the Privacy Impact Assessment.