Discussion Paper and Privacy Impact Assessment

A Discussion Paper and Privacy Impact Assessment on Data Sharing and Release legislative reforms was open for public consultation between 3 September and 15 October 2019.

Submissions closed

We have completed public consultation on the Discussion Paper and the Privacy Impact Assessment. This feedback will inform the development on the legislation.

There will be further opportunities for you to have your say on the reforms. We expect the Exposure Draft of the legislation will be released for public comment in the first half of 2020. 


Discussion Paper

The Discussion Paper is the next step on an iterative journey towards reforming the way public sector data is shared and used. The Discussion Paper presents the valuable insights we have heard and highlights concerns expressed about data sharing including through consultation on an Issues Paper in 2018, roundtable and bilateral discussions. 

We want to hear views on these proposed reforms to enable safe sharing of data to deliver benefits to the community. The Discussion Paper outlines:

  • The valuable insights we have heard and concerns held by the public about data sharing.
  • How improved data sharing will improve and benefit policy and program development, research and government services.
  • A safe and secure framework to enable sharing while protecting and respecting privacy.
  • Our approach to accreditation and implementation of the Data Sharing Principles.
  • The National Data Commissioner’s role in overseeing the public sector data system.

Read the Discussion Paper.

Privacy Impact Assessment

We also commissioned a Privacy Impact Assessment to identify our privacy strengths as well as the challenges we face. The Office of the National Data Commissioner has accepted all the recommendations, in full or in principle. Once we have a draft legislation, we intend to commission a second Privacy Impact Assessment to assess whether we have implemented the policy framework into legislation successfully.

Read the Privacy Impact Assessment.