The draft Data Availability and Transparency Bill is now open for public comment until 6 November 2020. The legislation aims to modernise and streamline the sharing of government data between agencies and with the private and research sectors. Under the legislation, data will only be shared for three purposes:
- Government services delivery – more convenient access to the information and services you need.
- Informing Government policy and programs – planning for the future based on the best available information.
- Research and development – to enable academics, scientists and innovators to make our economy, environment and society healthier and more prosperous.
The Australian Government is inviting submissions and comments on the:
- Data Availability and Transparency Bill exposure draft and Explanatory Memorandum;
- Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill and Explanatory Memorandum;
- Data Availability and Transparency Regulations and Explanatory Statement; and
- Accreditation Framework Discussion Paper.
Access the Consultation Paper, which contains a simplified summary of the legislative package. The Office of the National Data Commissioner is also consulting on a Discussion Paper on the draft Accreditation Framework, which proposes how accreditation for data access under the scheme will be controlled.
If you have questions you would like answered or want to hear more about how the Bill will work, see here for our special virtual forum discussion event with Dr Phillip Gould, Assistant Secretary, the Office of the National Data Commissioner on 28 October 2020.