Productivity Commission report promotes benefits of improved data availability

Productivity Commission report promotes benefits of improved data availability

Public Data Data Availability and Use Taskforce
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Data Use and Availability Taskforce, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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The Australian Government has tabled the Productivity Commission’s final report into Data Availability and Use.

The Productivity Commission’s report proposes significant reforms aimed at capturing the benefits of improving the way Australians use and share data.

The Inquiry delivers on the Government’s commitments made in response to the Murray Financial System Inquiry and Harper Competition Policy Review, and complements existing data policies such as the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

More than 330 public submissions were submitted to the Productivity Commission before it developed its final report. Some of the recommendations include:

  • A new right for consumers to access and share their data.
  • A new data sharing and release structure that can be "dialed up or down" according to different risks associated with different types of data.
  • The designation of National Interest Datasets that have the capacity to deliver community benefits across a range of sectors.
  • Accreditation of public bodies to be sector-based national data Accredited Release Authorities.
  • Passing of a new Data Sharing and Release Act to enable the authorising environment for the proposed reforms.

Importantly, any reforms the Government decides to take forward will ensure the protection and security of personal and confidential information.

A cross-portfolio taskforce will consult with stakeholders from the public sector, academia, not-for-profits, industry and the community in order to develop the Government’s response to the recommendations. Keep an eye on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website for further details as they emerge.

For more information, read the full version of the Productivity Commission’s report.