What does the Australian Data Strategy mean for Australia?
The ultimate intended outcome of the strategy is the development a national ecosystem of data that is accessible, reliable, relevant, and easily used. From a community perspective, this means everyone, not just those with extensive resources, will be able to leverage the social and economic potential of Open Data.
The strategy estimates the value of Open Government Data alone as being up to $25 billion (around 2% of GDP) in 2014, with the potential to contribute an additional $64 billion annually (5% of GDP), and is therefore an increasingly important driver of economic growth.
Crucially, the Australian Data Strategy sets out what the Australian Government’s data intent and efforts will include up to 2025. This effort will cover three key themes:
1. Maximising the value of data
This theme recognises the increasing economic and social value of data and that data use and re-use is an economy-wide requirement. The intention to break down unnecessary barriers to simplifying data use and sharing, as well as widely communicating benefits, is central to this theme. As well as helping Governments to deliver more effectively, this will help communities address the issues that matter most to them. When data is shared between all levels of government, businesses and communities, innovation opportunities open up and the empowerment of data-driven decision-making is transformative for communities.
2. Trust and protection
Keeping data safe, secure and not personally identifiable is important to everyone. The protection and ethical use of data is covered under this theme, which looks closely at what frameworks and settings are available to protect data.
3. Enabling data use
This theme looks closely at approaches and requirements for getting the most value from data, including the necessary capabilities, relevant legislation, effective management and integration of data, and the importance of engaging internationally.
The Strategy is accompanied by an Action plan to ensure that data is being made available, that guardrails are being set for a modern economy and that a modern data system is being built. For our customers, the successful implementation of the strategy should see you more easily accessing data to inform decision-making about the delivery and improvement of services on the ground.