NSW Government introduces data sharing legislation

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The NSW Government has now approved a piece of legislation that will enable data sharing across government agencies, smoothing the path for the whole-of-government NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC).

The bill works within the existing privacy landscape in NSW, including the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act for NSW agencies that collect, publish and provide access to data.

To be developed within the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, the DAC will be the first of its kind in Australia.

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, said, “The bill gives the DAC greater teeth by enabling the Minister to, in certain circumstances, require NSW Government agencies and local councils to provide to the DAC within 14 days.”

Dr Ian Oppermann, former director of digital productivity division, CSIRO, has been appointed as expert adviser to lead the development phase of the DAC. He has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector holding senior management roles in Europe and Australia.

Dominello said work is already underway of the first of nine priority projects, which aims to improve vocational education training courses in NSW by using data to better target the needs of business and improve employment outcomes for job seekers.

More information about the DAC is available at www.finance.nsw.gov.au/ict.