Government agencies should adopt and implement data management standards to support increased data availability and use as part of their implementation of the Australian Government’s Public Data Policy Statement.

These standards should:

  • be published on agency websites
  • be adopted in consultation with data users and draw on existing standards where feasible
  • deal effectively with sector-specific differences in data collection and use
  • support the sharing of data across Australian governments and agencies
  • enable all digitally collected data and metadata to be available in commonly used machine-readable formats (that are relevant to the function or field in which the data was collected or would likely be most commonly used), including where relevant and authorised, for machine-to-machine interaction.

Policy documents outlining the standards and how they would be implemented should be available in draft form for consultation by the end of 2017, with standards implemented by the end of 2020.

Agencies that do not adopt agreed sector-specific standards would be noted as not fully implementing the Australian Government’s Public Data Policy and would be required to work under a nominated Accredited Release Authority to improve the quality of their data holdings.