Recommendation 6.4


Transparency and Discoverability

Publicly funded entities, including all Australian Government agencies, should create comprehensive, easy to access registers of data, including metadata and linked datasets, that they fund or hold. These registers should be published on data.gov.au. Where datasets are held or funded but are not available for access or release, the register should indicate this and the reasons why this is so.

States and Territories should create an equivalent model for their agencies where such registers do not exist. These should, in turn, be linked to data.gov.au.

A reasonable timeframe in which to achieve this is within one year (by March 2018).

Government response: 

The Government agrees with this recommendation.

All agencies and publicly funded entities, including research institutions will be required to publish datasets they hold or fund on registers by August 2018, and include links to these on data.gov.au.

The interim National Data Commissioner (NDC) will publish guidance on the proposed content of data registers by February 2018.

The NDC will work with State and Territory Governments to create equivalent models and link data registers to data.gov.au.

Lead Agencies: All Government agencies and publicly funded entities, National Data Commissioner