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Data Sharing (AU0018)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Australia Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Support Institution(s): All Australian Public Service entities will be consulted through Government processes. including the Attorney-General's Department. the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the National Archives of Australia. The National Data Commissioner will work closely alongside the Information and Privacy Commissioners. The Australia Bureau of Statistics will provide technical guidance and support to the National Data Commissioner CSOs. private A wide range of relevant stakeholders will be consulted in the sector. development of the legislation. including privacy advocates. multilaterals. academics and researchers. and other peak bodies. working groups

Policy Areas

E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Open Data, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Improve the sharing. use and reuse of public sector data
Commitment Start and End Date
September 2078-August 2020
Lead implementing agency/actor
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?

Government data offers significant opportunity for innovation in Government services. economic enterprise. research and development and transparency. Greater availability of data held by government increases transparency and openness.
The Productivity Commission identified existing data governance arrangements are complex and prevent the use and reuse of data. The PC found barriers to sharing include a dense web of legislative requirements. a culture of risk aversion and a lack of a whole of government approach. The PC found these barriers could be addressed through reforms to the way data sharing and use is governed.
The Australian Government has committed to implementing a simpler. more efficient data sharing and release framework by establishing:
• a new Commonwealth Data Sharing and Release Act to streamline access and use of data; and
• a new National Data Commissioner (NDC) to oversee the framework and legislation. and issue guidance and support to agencies to meet the new requirements.
The new Data Sharing and Release Act will:
• promote better sharing of data held by the Australian Government;
• build trust in use of public data;
• dial up or down appropriate safeguards;
• maintain the integrity of the data system; and
• establish institutional arrangements.
What is the commitment?
Building on commitments under Australia's first National Action Plan. this commitment focuses on the implementation of data governance reforms announced by the Australian Government in May 2078. These reforms will increase data access and use within government and with trusted users outside government. while improving data privacy and security with strengthened and consistent safeguards.
PM&C commits to consulting across government. through the new National Data Advisory Council (see current Action Plan). with the Open Government Forum and with the public including businesses. civil society groups and research and non-profit sectors to design and develop the implementation of the reforms.
As a first step. the Government has released an Issues Paper for public feedback and comments by l August. The paper outlines an approach to a new Data Sharing and Release Bill which aims to balance sharing data held by government with appropriate risk management.
As committed under Australia's first National Action Plan. the National Data Advisory Council will be a multi-disciplinary expert panel drawn from public sector and civic society organisations.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
The reforms aim to promote better sharing of public sector data while building the public's trust in use of public data by ensuring appropriate safeguards and integrity in the data system.
To do this. we need to ensure that the implementation of the reforms is consistent with community values and expectations. This commitment will build consultation into the implementation and monitoring of the reforms.
The new legislation will exist alongside existing legislation and data safeguards in the Privacy Act 1988; Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017; Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code; Archives Act 1983. National Archives of Australia information management standards and Digital Continuity 2020 Policy, and Protective Security Policy Framework requirements relating to releasing classified information.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment for these reforms is relevant to several OGP values in the following ways:
Access to information
• The reforms. in particular the Data Sharing and Release Act. will streamline the sharing of data held by government to those within and external to the system while maintaining strong safeguards around data access.
Civic participation
• This commitment will build consultation into the implementation and monitoring of the reforms. including through the National Data Advisory Council (a commitment under the current National Action Plan).
Public accountability
• The Data Sharing and Release Act will require increased transparency on how data is shared across government.
Greater sharing and better use of data will improve agencies· ability to evaluate policies and programs effectively.
Additional information
• Builds on Commitments 2.7. 2.2. 3.7. 3.2. and 3.3 of the first National Action Plan .
• Announcement of response to Productivity Commission
Issues paper on an approach for the legislation

Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable
Appoint National Data Commissioner
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2019
Consultation on the on the approach to the design of the legislation to ensure it balances sharing data held by government with appropriate risk management
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2019
Establish National Data Advisory Council to advise the National Data Commissioner
7/1/2018 – 12/31/2019
National Data Commissioner issues first guidance and standards
7/1/2018 – 9/30/2020
Contact information
Contacts
Data and Digital Branch. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Email and Phone
DataLegislation@pmc.gov.au
Other Actors Involved
All Australian Public Service entities will be consulted through Government processes. including the Attorney-General's Department. the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the National Archives of Australia.
The National Data Commissioner will work closely alongside the Information and Privacy Commissioners.
The Australia Bureau of Statistics will provide technical guidance and support to the National Data Commissioner
CSOs. private A wide range of relevant stakeholders will be consulted in the
sector. development of the legislation. including privacy advocates. multilaterals. academics and researchers. and other peak bodies.
working groups


Australia's Commitments

  1. Strengthen Anti-Corruption Framework

    AU0016, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  2. Political Donation Transparency

    AU0017, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Data Sharing

    AU0018, 2018, E-Government

  4. Improve Public Service Practice

    AU0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, OGP

  6. Enhance Public Engagement Skills in the Public Service

    AU0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Independent Review of the Australian Public Service

    AU0022, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Expand Open Contracting

    AU0023, 2018, E-Government

  9. Whiste-Blower Protections

    AU0001, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  10. Beneficial Ownership Transparency

    AU0002, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  11. Extractive Industries Transparency

    AU0003, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  12. Combating Corporate Crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  13. Data Innovation

    AU0005, 2016, E-Government

  14. Public Trust in Data Sharing

    AU0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Digitization of Government Services

    AU0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Access to Government Data

    AU0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Electoral System and Political Parties

    AU0011, 2016, Public Participation

  20. National Integrity Framework

    AU0012, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  21. Open Contracting

    AU0013, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. OGP NAP

    AU0014, 2016, OGP

  23. Public Participation

    AU0015, 2016, Capacity Building