Productivity Commission Recommendations: 7.1 and 7.2
The Productivity Commission recommended establishing a new form of national data asset, a 'National Interest Dataset'. These would be datasets generating significant community-wide benefits.
'Wider access to high value datasets across and between sectors—public, private, non-for-profit and academia—and jurisdictions has the capacity to deliver considerable benefits. Those high value datasets that may be used to generate substantial benefits across a broad swathe of the Australian population are considered to be of national interest.'
The Australian Government's response
The Australian Government will establish a framework to identify those datasets whose availability and use will generate significant community-wide benefits. This will complement existing work under Australia’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018 to release a high-value dataset framework.
The Government will consider the best way to facilitate sharing and use of these datasets through the legislative consultation process.