We are having an ongoing conversation with stakeholders to inform the development of the legislation.

As part of getting these reforms right, we have engaged widely and consulted on an Issues Paper in July-August 2018, followed by a Discussion Paper in September-October 2019.

We are taking this feedback on board and, to send a strong signal about our commitment to do so, we will progress the data reform legislation, previously known as the Data Sharing and Release legislation as the Data Availability and Transparency legislation. When the legislation passes Parliament, it will be known as the Data Availability and Transparency Act (DATA).

Previous events

September – October 2019

A Discussion Paper on the proposed Data Sharing and Release Legislative reforms was open for public submissions between 3 September and 15 October 2019.

We travelled to capital cities and regional centres to meet with 250 individuals across 24 roundtables.

July 2018 – April 2019

The ONDC has travelled to all the capital cities around Australia to speak with over 250 peak bodies, businesses, research institutions and interested people to better understand views on the Government’s public sector data reforms.

We had representatives from academia, research institutions, state and territory governments, the business sector, the tech sector, and the privacy sector come along and discuss topics related to public sector data sharing. 

We appreciate the time our stakeholders took to allow us to draw on their expertise and provide us with feedback. 

We heard broad support for the flexibility of the Data Sharing Principles across individual projects, as well as transparency on the considerations that guide decisions to share under the legislation. We had lengthy discussions with participants around defining data custodianship, privacy, appropriate models of consent, and how to continue building trust across the community. 

A number of interesting ideas were raised on topics such as protections for vulnerable members of the population and how the National Data Commissioner could address data literacy in the public service. 

Our work isn’t done, so we’re looking forward to hearing from you more during our next round of consultation.

Our philosophy

Our philosophy to listen, learn and improve informs the way we work

The ONDC’s consultative and co-design approach underpins the development of whole-of-government regulation of data sharing

We recognise that sharing and releasing data requires building a shared understanding of a complex data system. Through early and continuous engagement within and outside of government, the ONDC will be informed by a range of different perspectives in developing policies, regulation and guidance to share and release data. 

The ONDC will constantly learn from experiences and iterate its approach to improving the public sector data system

We have embedded a philosophy of constantly evaluating and learning from experience to ensure the data sharing framework operates effectively in Australia’s fast-evolving data environment. This will ensure the ONDC continues to improve its governance, guidance and processes, as well as address systemic issues as they arise.

The ONDC will regulate the system in a way which engenders trust in users of the system and in the broader public

The future regulatory posture of the ONDC will promote public sector data use while maintaining the integrity of the data system. It will achieve this objective through its guidance, advice, advocacy and regulation functions. A consultative approach will guide how these are developed.