Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 and Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020
The submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee inquiry into the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 (Cth) (DAT Bill) and the Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 (Cth) (Consequential Amendments Bill) (together, the Bills) was prepared by the Law Council of Australia.
The Bills seek to establish a framework for public sector data custodians to, under the relevant authorisations, principles, purposes and agreements, share data with accredited users under limited circumstances. In doing so, the Bills establish and specify the functions of the National Data Commissioner (Commissioner), as well as the National Data Advisory Council (NDAC) as an advisory body to the Commissioner.
The Law Council is generally supportive of the Bills and recognises the importance of fostering and facilitating government data sharing arrangements and the need for the continued development and improvement of robust policies to govern these arrangements.
You can read the full submission below.