We’re seeking input to help us get Australian data reforms right

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Friday, September 28, 2018

The Office of the National Data Commissioner is consulting with the general public and interested stakeholders to help us get Australian data reforms right.

We’re pleased to have:

  • Received 108 submissions from the public to the New Australian Government Data Sharing and Release Legislation: Issues paper for consultation
  • Held 8 policy co-design workshops with other government agencies
  • Hosted 16 roundtable discussions across Australia, and will host another 15 before the end of the year.

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Stakeholder consultation outcomes (text description)

We want to continue the conversation started by the Productivity Commission and built upon by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Taskforce about data sharing and release legislation which we’re aiming to be introduced to Parliament in 2019.

Craig Barron, Data Governance Lead at Griffith University, attended a round table discussion in Brisbane on 20 September 2018. He said it was important to take part in the conversation.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to be included in and contribute to the data conversation,” Mr Barron said.

“I believe that data sharing and data privacy are extremely important.”

The general consensus is that stakeholders are pleased about the proposed legislated role of the National Data Commissioner, as well as data sharing for research and development.

People have also expressed concerns around individual privacy and consent, and the Government will work to ensure the legislation reflects community expectations.  

“Being part of the data community and having extensive knowledge on the topic, I wanted to help shape this legislation,” Mr Barron said.

To read the submissions to the issues paper visit www.pmc.gov.au/public-data/data-sharing-and-release-reforms/submissions and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.  

 

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Stakeholders recognise the benefits of data governance reforms however there are competing views on how the legislation should operate.

There is general consensus for:

  • New Data Commissioner role
  • Sharing data for research and development
  • Transparency measures

More clarity is needed on:

  • Interaction with other legislation (Privacy, secrecy)
  • Safeguards protecting data sharing
  • Accreditation mechanisms
  • Ethical oversight and redress for misuse

We have heard concerns about:

  • Enforcing compliance
  • Overriding existing secrecy provisions
  • Commercialisation of data
  • Sharing data without consent
  • The tight timeframe to finalise regulation

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