National Data Commissioner

The Government has established the role of the National Data Commissioner to support a new data sharing framework and oversee the integrity of data sharing activities of Commonwealth agencies.

The National Data Commissioner will be the trusted overseer of the public data system

The Commissioner is working closely with the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner to strengthen the integrity, management and use of public sector data.

New legislation will establish the National Data Commissioner as an independent statutory role. Ahead of the passage of legislation, the Government has appointed an Interim National Data Commissioner. 

The National Data Commissioner’s objectives are to: 

  • promote the use and reuse of public sector data
  • enhance the integrity of the public sector data system 
  • engage with the community and build trust about use of public sector data 
  • apply the Data Availability and Transparency legislation in a consistent and effective manner.

Interim National Data Commissioner

Deborah Anton

Deborah Anton

Ms Deborah Anton was appointed as the Interim National Data Commissioner on 9 August 2018.

In this role, she has lead the development of reforms to improve the use of Government data to deliver public benefit. This has culminated in the Data Availability and Transparency Bill, which aims to modernise government data sharing to improve government service delivery, inform government policies and programs and enable greater research and development. 

Over the past two decades, Ms Anton has gravitated to roles that sit at the intersection of technology and policy. Her experience stretches from the early days of broadband policy and programs, to cybersecurity and championing internal transformation through smart use of technology. 

Ms Anton holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours, and a Master of Management, both from the Australian National University (ANU). She has also completed the Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.