Recommendation 8.1

A modernised, regulatory framework

New Commonwealth legislation — the Data Sharing and Release Act — should be passed drawing on the full range of Commonwealth powers to regulate digital data, in order to authorise the better sharing and release of data.

The new Act should also establish the Comprehensive Right of consumers to access their data from government and private data holders alike, for the purposes of improving the services that are offered to them by alternative providers.

Government response: 

The Government agrees with this recommendation.

Drafting a Data Sharing and Release Bill, including the establishment of the Consumer Data Right, will be led by The Treasury in consultation with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Attorney-General’s Department and other relevant entities, and circulated for comment by the end of March 2018 (Rec 5.1 refers). Introduction and passage of the Bill should occur before the end of 2018.

Lead Agency: The Treasury