DataPoints - National Data Commissioner Update November 2023

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DataPoints - National Data Commissioner Update November 2023

Participation in the DATA Scheme continues to grow, with the first Australian university – the University of New South Wales – accredited as a data user in November. This means UNSW can make a request for data held by Australian Government agencies.

We also have another accredited data service provider, Queensland Health. They can provide complex data integration services to assist data custodians prepare and share data with accredited users.

The full register of accredited entities is available here.


If your organisation would like to participate in the DATA Scheme, start by getting on Dataplace and beginning an application for accreditation. We have plenty of resources to help you with your application here, or you can attend one of our webinars in 2024. Dates will be announced shortly on our website.

Good reads for the data community

The Australian Signals Directorate makes clear the need for an enduring focus on Australia’s cyber security in its Annual Cyber Threat Report published last month. The Directorate saw a 23% increase in cybercrime reports and answered over 33,000 calls to the Australian Cyber Security Hotline. The Directorate provides recommendations to small businesses, large government agencies and individuals alike to reduce cyber risks in our increasingly digital lives. Read the full report here.

Good uses of public data

The Victorian Government recently announced they will remove obstacles to building secondary dwellings (e.g. granny flats). New research from the e61 Institute projects the impact of these reforms by analysing a similar policy implemented in Sydney in 2009. Secondary dwellings surged after the Sydney reform, contributing 1.5% of Sydney's total housing supply growth and was 6.1% of detached housing growth over the past 15 years. Applied to Melbourne, this experience indicates that the reforms may boost housing supply by over half a percent. Check it out.

If you’ve got feedback or something to share in future editions of DataPoints, please get in touch. We’re always interested to hear your stories, including about how you have used data to deliver public benefit. And follow us on LinkedIn!

We’ll be back in touch before the end of the year, but if we do not catch you then, thanks for your support in 2023 and enjoy the break!