Data Integration Partnership for Australia established

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 29 May, 2017

Data Integration Partnership for Australia established

The government will allocate $130.8 million over the next three years to establish the Data Integration Partnership for Australia, a new initiative to establish data analytics teams to improve programs and policies.

The DIPA will aim to maximise use of the government’s vast data assets to deliver cost-effective insights that can improve policy outcomes.

Examples of policy areas to be analysed will be in the costs and benefits involved in different forms of industry assistance, identifying and preventing the risk of disability in the workplace, and better understanding the effects of medication to avoid adverse reactions.

Data will be used to build longitudinal data about populations, businesses, the environment and government. To prevent abuses, the data will be de-identified and analysed in tightly controlled environments according to strict processes.

“Data analytics provides an extraordinary opportunity to support policy development and deliver real outcomes for Australians,” Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said.

“A central capability within the DIPA will coordinate specialised teams focused on social, industry, environmental and government efficiency policies.”

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