The government’s priorities have vastly shifted in response to the impact of COVID-19. Like almost every part of the APS, the ONDC within the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, has been affected by this shift.

We had hoped to consult on an Exposure Draft of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill in the first half of 2020, though this will now not be possible. We will provide advice on updated timeframes when we are able.

The ONDC has release a draft Data Sharing Agreement template to help agencies produce agreements to confidently share data in a way that is safe, timely and transparent. This version of the template is ‘legislation agnostic’, meaning it can be used for general purposes (e.g. research, service delivery as well as compliance etc) and is not tied to the forthcoming legislation.


8 May 2017

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use recommended a suite of changes to government’s use of data to better harness its full potential

1 May 2018

The Australian Government committed to improvements to streamline and maximise the use data:

  • New data sharing legislation
  • An independent National Data Commissioner
  • A National Data Advisory Council

4 July 2018

Issues Paper on the new Australian Government data sharing legislation was released for public comment

August 2018

Interim National Data Commission appointed

July 2018 – June 2019

Office of the National Data Commissioner consulted with over 600 individuals and over 100 organisations

September 2019

Discussion Paper and Privacy Impact Assessment was released for public comment