The Council members represent a broad cross-section of perspectives, covering government, business, academia, and community interests. Council members have an active role in the data industry and a strong understanding of the data landscape within Australia and internationally.
Members have been appointed by the Government for two-year terms.
Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle is Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, and Director of the newly created Policy Experiments Lab (http://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/pelab). He is also a Fellow of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, and a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. He previously worked in the Methodology Division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2001-2007) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.
He is a strong advocate for the use of integrated public data to deliver economic and social benefits to Australians. He was one of the first researchers in Australia to make extensive use of the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD), and the first academic user of data from the Multi‑Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP). He has used these datasets to draw new insights into key policy areas, particularly the changing size and composition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population, as well as the distribution and determinants of income in Australia.
Ms Broad is a senior fellow at the 3A Institute at the Australian National University. She has provided independent advice on data and digital issues to governments, UN bodies and multinational tech companies. She has testified before committees of the European and Australian parliaments, written articles for New Scientist and The Guardian, spoken at SXSW and been a guest of ABC Radio National programs Big Ideas and Future Tense.
Ms Broad writes about open data, data ethics, privacy and AI. Some of her earlier articles are linked to her blog. She has been published in the Guardian, the New Scientist, the Royal Statistical Society’s StatsLife, and the Australian Centre for Ethics. She is the author of the recent book, Made by Humans: the AI Condition, exploring data governance, collection and analytics, and ethics needs and challenges in automated contexts.
Ms Broad is well-known within the Australian data community, particularly in association with federal and state government data initiatives, as a pragmatic, efficient and principled expert on the use and governance of data.
Ms Broad was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute, headquartered in London UK and expert adviser on data to senior UK cabinet minister Elizabeth Truss during her tenure as Environment Secretary, seeking to transform the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA – comprising 34 organisations and 22,000 staff) approach to shared and openly licensed data.
Ms Broad has provided expert advice to federal, state and local governments in Australia (including CSIRO’s Data61) and overseas on their internal data infrastructure, mechanisms enabling data sharing, concerns to take into account and openly publishing data for nearly a decade.
Paul McCarney is Co-founder at Data Republic, a data sharing technology company. Data Republic’s secure data exchange technology has been used by various governments, ANZ, NAB, Westpac and Qantas. As an investor, advisor and founder, Mr McCarney has more than 20 years’ experience in data, technology and digital business.
He is a holder of patents relating to systems, data and identity, and is a regular industry speaker, investment advisor and blogger. He was also the co-founder of Data Governance Australia, a not-for-profit association, established to promote the responsible use of data.
Their role is to help build consumer trust through industry standards, whilst maintaining a legal environment that allows Australian businesses to thrive. He is currently founder/director of data for social good initiative, Minerva Collective, and Non-Executive Director for Trade Me (TME.AX), Cirrus Media, and previously a Non-Executive Director at iiNet (IIN.AX).
Dr Joshua Paul Meltzer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. where he leads the Digital Economy and Trade Project. He also teaches digital trade law at the University of Melbourne, and teaches emerging technologies, data flows and the law at Monash University.
He has had appointments as an adjunct professor at John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and Georgetown University Law School. He is a former diplomat (Australian Embassy in Washington D.C.) and trade negotiator for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. At Brookings, Dr Meltzer’s focuses on international trade, and on the significance of the internet and cross-border data flows for international trade.
This includes development of national regulation aimed at maximizing opportunities of data for economic growth and trade, and developing international trade rules and norms to support cross-border data flows. He authored the report Digital Australia: An Economic and Trade Agenda, which included an analysis of the importance of data sharing and use in Australia. He has also worked extensively on the impact of privacy laws on cross-border data flows, including a recent World Bank Research Paper on International Data Flows and Privacy: the Conflict and its Resolution.
Lauren Solomon is CEO of the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC), an independent, non‑profit, consumer research organisation. Lauren has a background in economics and public policy and has worked in a range of senior policy roles across the corporate, state government and not‑for-profit sectors.
A key research focus area of the CPRC is consumer data, online markets and digital transformation. In 2018, the CPRC brought together 120 policymakers, regulators, businesses, community advocates and academics at the query:data conference to explore consumer data and implications for policy reform.
Professor Sallie Pearson heads the Medicines Policy Research Unit at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Sydney. She is a leading authority in the conduct of population-based research using routinely collected data, pertaining particularly to quality use of medicines. Sallie has led national and international studies leveraging ‘big health data’ to generate real-world evidence on the use, benefits and safety of prescribed medicines.
Sallie is long-standing advocate for the safe and productive use of data to benefit the health of the Australian community. She has published widely on maximising the value data for decision-making in health and as an active member of a number of peak medicines policy and health data linkage committees and advisory groups. As Chair/Deputy Chair of the NSW Population Health Service Research Ethics Committee (2006-2017), Sallie has shaped policy around the ethics and governance of health data linkage for research.
Dr David Gruen was appointed Australian Statistician on 11 December 2019. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau.
David was previously the Deputy Secretary, Economic and Australia’s G20 Sherpa at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Before joining the Department in September 2014, he was Executive Director of the Macroeconomic Group at the Australian Treasury.
David joined the Treasury in January 2003, before which he was the Head of the Economic Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1998 to 2002.
Before joining the Reserve Bank, David worked as a research scientist in the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Australian National University.
With financial support from a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, David was visiting lecturer in the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from August 1991 to June 1993. He holds PhD degrees in physiology from Cambridge University, England and in economics from the Australian National University.
Dr Alan Finkel (AO) commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.
As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel is leading the development of the national hydrogen strategy at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.
Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. Dr Finkel was the 2016 Victorian of the Year and the recipient of the Mountbatten Medal (UK), and won the Clunies Ross Award for facilitating international neuroscience research.
Ms Angelene Falk was appointed Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner in August 2018. She leads the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in fulfilling its functions across privacy, freedom of information and government information management.
Ms Falk has held senior positions in the OAIC since 2012. She served as Deputy Commissioner from 2016 and acting Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner from March 2018.
Over the past decade Ms Falk has worked extensively with Australian Government agencies, across the private sector and internationally, at the forefront of addressing regulatory challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly evolving technology and potential uses of data. Ms Falk’s experience extends across industries and subject matter, including data breach prevention and management, data sharing, credit reporting, digital health and access to information.