National Data Advisory Council holds second meeting

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 05 August, 2019

National Data Advisory Council holds second meeting

The National Data Advisory Council, the group set up to advise the National Data Commissioner on the efficient and ethical use of government data, has held its second meeting.

During the meeting, interim National Data Commissioner Deborah Anton updated the council on the latest results of the consultation surrounding the development of the planned national data sharing and release framework.

The main focus of the meeting was the draft discussion paper for the consultation, with the council providing views on the questions raised in the paper, including issues of consent, commercial use of data and how to best communicate data issues.

The recently established council had its first meeting in late March. This was also the first meeting of the newest member of the council, Professor Sallie Pearson, who was appointed to the role last week.

Meanwhile, the council also discussed efforts by the Office of the National Data Commissioner (ONDC) to better understand community attitudes towards government use of data, noting public views into the use of government data have the potential to change quickly and depend on the timing and nature of the messages.

Accordingly, the council discussed the importance of developing a public narrative covering the legislation, and considered the approach of the Office of the National Data Commissioner to building trust in the public sector data system.

They concluded that this is likely to require maturing data management capabilities in the Australian Public Service.

Image courtesy Office of the National Data Commissioner

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