Applications open for Data Advisory Council

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 05 July, 2018

Applications open for Data Advisory Council

The government is taking expressions of interest for experts looking to join the National Data Advisory Council.

The new council will help the National Data Commissioner balance streamlining the sharing and release of data with ensuring robust privacy protection.

It will meet up to four times a year, and be staffed with key representatives from the government as well as selected academia, industry and privacy groups. The council will consult with community groups and will provide advice on ethical data use, technical best practice and the latest industry and international developments.

During its first year in operation, the council will advise on the development of the planned new Data Sharing and Release Act.

Applications are open until 20 July and can be submitted at the National Data Commissioner website.

The government announced plans to establish the new post of the National Data Commissioner in May, under the recommendation of a Productivity Commission report.

The report found that there are unnecessary barriers to data access that are stifling innovation, competition, development and research possibilities. The new commissioner will seek to simplify data sharing arrangements across government under the guidance of the advisory council.

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