Enshrining privacy and security regime for data use key to the delivery of simple and accessible government services

The Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Minister for Government Services

A major milestone in the Morrison Government’s reforms to government services was reached today with the release of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill for public comments.

The Bill will establish the foundations of a seamless and proactive experience of government services, by enshrining in legislation privacy and security safeguards that set out modern foundations for use of data across the Commonwealth government.

The changes are key to ensuring Australians are able to access modern government services that address their needs and provide a single view of the government for every person and business.

‘When Australians reach out for government services it is often at times of great need,’ Mr Robert said.

‘We have to do our best to provide seamless services that meet the needs of Australians, wherever they are, whether it is to receive some assistance at a difficult time, get a job or start a business.’

‘Australians rightly expect different parts of the government to talk to one another and this legislation will put in place the strong privacy and security foundations to make this happen.’

‘The Data Availability and Transparency Bill is a key reform that will enable us to make government smarter and deliver more responsive services to the needs of Australians.’

Everyone is encouraged to visit www.datacommissioner.gov.au to read the exposure draft and make a submission. Submissions close at 5pm AEDT, Friday, 6 November 2020.

Media contact: Minister Robert’s Office (02) 6277 7200

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