Open Government

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Open Government

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What role will you play in unlocking the potential of public sector data?

Australia is moving towards an open data economy and government organisations - federal, state and local - have an active role to play in this journey, as data custodians, accredited data users and regulators.

For immediate focus

The Australian Government’s Data Availability and Transparency Act (DATA) legislation, is expected to be introduced into Parliament in mid-2020. It sets a new direction for how public sector data is used in Australia.

The passage of the DATA legislation offers the potential for greater alignment and standardisation of data sharing arrangements across and between federal, state, territory and local governments and is likely to result in calls to reduce the complexity which impede the sharing and release of data.

Some states are implementing their own open data initiatives to reform data use, access and sharing processes. In August 2019 Western Australia issued a discussion paper on privacy and responsible information sharing for the WA public sector. Currently, WA operates with a Whole of Government Open Data Policy (April 2015) that aims to improve management and use of the WA public sector’s data assets. In December 2019 the Victorian government released for public consultation the recommendations from its review of the DataVic Access Policy. This review included a recommendation to release a new Open Data Policy to refocus on the purpose and benefits of the policy and the impact of open data.

It’s time for governments’ open data strategies – including data sharing and data release – to pivot from the practices of the last decade and adapt to those needed to support the emergence of the open data economy in Australia.

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Thought Leadership

Explore our open government series to help you consider the potential changes in organisational strategy, technology and data, compliance processes and the eco-system in which government operates, as the government sector increasingly embraces data sharing and an ‘open by default’ mindset and culture.

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Published: January 2020

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