Discussion Paper

Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reforms Discussion Paper was open for submissions between 3 September and 15 October 2019.

Reform of public sector data use will help us build a better Australia. Streamlining and modernising how the Government shares data, while ensuring privacy and security, can support policy and programs, services and research to:

  • Improve access to the information and services Australians need, without having to provide multiple areas of government with the same information.
  • Enable more smart and efficient services, like pre-filling forms that save time.
  • Inform decisions to prioritise funding when and where it is needed, for services such as education, regional development, transport, and health services.
  • Provide greater access to data for accredited researchers, scientists and innovators to help make Australia‚Äôs economy, environment and society healthier into the future.

The data that government collects plays a big part in making a better future for all Australians.

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Australian Computer Society

Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation

Anne Picot





Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle & Professfor Matthew Gray, Australian National University Centre for Social Research and Methods 

Australian Academy of Science and the Australia Academy of Technology & Engineering

Australian and New Zealand Real-World Data Network (RADiANT)

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Business and Software Industry Association

Australian Centre for Health Engagement Evidence and Values, University of Wollongong

Australian Council of Social Service

Australian Data Archive, Australian National University

Australian Genomics Health Alliance

Australian Library and Information Association

Australian Medical Association

Australian Privacy Foundation

Australian Research Data Commons

Bernadette Hyland-Wood, The University of Queensland

BSA The Software Alliance

City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Craig Barron


Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria

Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of Western Australia

Dr Chris Culnane, A/Prof Benjamin Rubinstein, A/Prof Vanessa Teague

Dr Luke Heemsbergen, Deakin University
Dr Alexia Maddox, Deakin University
Dr Robbie Fordyce, Monash University

Economic Development Australia

Evan Walton

Griffith University, Regional Innovation Data Lab

Humanising Machine Intelligence (Australian National Univsersity) Grand Challenge

Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland

IP Australia

John Macy, Competitive Edge Technology

Judy Schneider

Kaiela Institute

Law Council of Australia

Life Course Centre

Martin Luther

Medicines Australia

Medilink Australia Pty Ltd

Monash Partners, Academic Health Science Centre

Monash University

Mr Bhiamie Williamson & Dr Francis Markham, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, the Australian National University


National Archives of Australia

National Disability Insurance Agency

Norah Grewal and Dr Ainsley J. Newson, Sydney Health Ethics, The University of Sydney

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Office of the Information Commissioner, Queensland

Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

Professor Jason Harris, Sydney Law School Professor
Suzanne Le Mire, Adelaide Law School
Dr Sulette Lombard, Senior Lecturer, Flinders University Law School
Associate Professor David Morrison, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
Michael Murray, Adjunct Professor, QUT Faculty of Law
Dr Rob Nicholls, Senior Lecturer, School of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW
Dr Beth Nosworthy, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Law School Professor
Ian Ramsay, Melbourne Law School
Catherine Robinson, Lecturer, UTS Faculty of Law
Dr Allison Silink, Senior Lecturer, UTS Faculty of Law
Mark Wellard, Senior Lecturer, UTS Faculty of Law

Professor John McNeil, Monash University

Professor Kimberlee Weatherall & Libby Young, University of Sydney Law School

Public Health Research Network

PwC Australia

Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works

Queensland University of Technology

Research Australia

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The Academy of The Social Sciences in Australia

The University of Sydney

Universities Australia

University of Melbourne

Vault Systems Pty Ltd

Resources Legislation