Funding should be provided to agencies for the curation and release of those datasets determined through the central data agency’s public request process (recommendation 6.5) to be of high value with a strong public interest case for their release. This funding should be limited and supplemental in nature, payable only in the event that agencies make the datasets available through public release.
Funding would also be required for the Office of the National Data Custodian, for functions undertaken by Accredited Release Authorities and, in some cases, for the purchase and ongoing maintenance of National Interest Datasets. Additional responsibilities required of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in regard to the Comprehensive Right should also be resourced.
Aside from these purposes, no additional supplementary funding appears warranted for agencies’ activities related to their data holdings as a consequence of this report.
The Government notes this recommendation.
Resourcing for the Office of the National Data Commissioner (and any future elements required) will be brought forward as required in accordance with normal Budget rules.
Lead Agencies: The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of the National Data Commissioner