Recommendation 6.7


Roles and responsibilities

The National Data Custodian should streamline approval processes for access to data by:

  • issuing clear guidance to all Australian Government data custodians on their rights and responsibilities, ensuring that requests for access to data they hold are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner and are consistent with the risk management approach to be adopted by Accredited Release Authorities (ARAs)
  • requiring that these data custodians report annually on their handling of requests for data access, including requests from ARAs.

State and Territory governments may opt in to these approaches to enable use of data for jurisdictional comparisons and cross-jurisdictional research.

Government response: 

The Government agrees with this recommendation.

The interim Office of the National Data Commissioner (ONDC) will issue draft guidance on approval processes for access to data by February 2018.

The NDC will report annually (recommendation 10.2) on operation of the national data system, including performance of data custodians on their handling of requests for data access.

Lead Agency: Office of the National Data Commissioner