To ensure that government data is only shared with those who will use it safely, we are developing accreditation arrangements for entities and individuals seeking to access government data.

Accreditation under the framework

Individuals and their organisations (data users) must be accredited by the National Data Commissioner before they can access data under the legislation.

Accreditation will provide:

  • accountability and transparency about who is accessing government data
  • oversight of those requesting access to government data to ensure they adhere to the standards of government data use
  • a standardised approach to negotiating the terms of access to data.

Accreditation will ensure data users meet requirements set by the National Data Commissioner prior to accessing government data. The accreditation process will make sure data users understand their obligations and responsibilities when handling government data.

The National Data Commissioner will also accredit Data Service Providers

Accredited Data Service Providers will be organisations that meet technical and capability requirements to provide services to Data Custodians. Organisations from the public, private and research sectors may apply to be Accredited Data Service Providers, but will be required to demonstrate excellent data security and management capability.

More sensitive activities, such as data integration may need to be undertaken by Accredited Data Service Providers.