The Australian Government should set an ambitious — but realistic — timeline for implementation of the Commission’s recommended reforms.
A set of actions in this Report can be completed in 2017, to ensure they deliver benefits to the community in the short term.
Passage of the Data Sharing and Release Act and supporting Part 2 amendments for an initial suite of National Interest Datasets should be in place by the end of 2018.
A central agency with data responsibility should actively support the progress made against the implementation plan until the Office of the National Data Custodian is legislatively established.
Once established, the National Data Custodian should assume responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the effects of the new data Framework, reporting annually on progress and with a formal evaluation after three years’ experience of the Framework’s reforms.
The Government notes this recommendation.
The interim Office of the National Data Commissioner (NDC) will be responsible for implementation progress until appointment of the statutory NDC. Elements of the national data system will be fully operational within 12 months of the passage of the Data Sharing and Release Bill.
The interim NDC will publish the first annual report on progress of Australia’s data system by October 2018, and conduct an evaluation of the new national data system after three years from passage of the Data Sharing and Release Bill.
Lead Agencies: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office of the National Data Commissioner