Commissioner's message - December 2021

We’ve come a long way since the Office of the National Data Commissioner came into existence in August 2018 with a simple mission to develop and pass the legislation now known as the Data Availability and Transparency Bill (DAT Bill).

I’d like to thank all our stakeholders for their engagement with the process to date. During 2021 the DAT Bill has been through the process of parliamentary scrutiny and, subject to Government’s legislative priorities, debate on the legislation is expected to resume in 2022. 

In anticipation of the data sharing scheme commencing next year, the ONDC is progressing the following exciting initiatives:

  • Dataplace, a whole-of-government data request platform to support Australian Government data sharing, including under the DAT Bill.
  • the Data Discovery program, which includes a pilot to develop data inventories for 20 per cent of Australian Government agencies, and the development of the Australian Government Data Catalogue to enhance discoverability of Australian Government data.

I would also like to take this opportunity to advise that I will be finishing up as Interim National Data Commissioner on 10 December. Minister Robert announced Ms Gayle Milnes as the incoming National Data Commissioner Designate. Gayle will commence 8 December and, following passage of the DAT Bill and approval by the Governor-General, be appointed to the statutory role. I would like to wish Gayle all the best with taking the ONDC through the next stage of its development. 

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in this role and am very proud of what the ONDC team has achieved with your support and input.  As to my next challenge, I’m heading to the ACT Government on secondment to take up a promotion as the Deputy Director-General, ACT Health Directorate until end-October 2022.


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