The Australian Government should make provision, in select circumstances as approved by the funding Minister, for the National Data Custodian to pay for access or linkage to private sector datasets (recommendation 9.4).
Equally, the National Data Custodian may consider applying charges for access to National Interest Datasets where this would not be inconsistent with the public interest purpose of the National Interest Dataset.
It is expected this would not be a common occurrence, in either case.
The Government agrees with this recommendation.
The National Data Commissioner (NDC) will administer funding, on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with normal Budget and procurement rules, to purchase or license private sector datasets where appropriate.
The NDC will develop a consistent data charging policy (including for research purposes), with guidance from the Department of Finance.
Lead Agencies: National Data Commissioner and Department of Finance.