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.