(This is a new discussion starter, added 14 March 2018.)
From demographic information about Australians, to data about government services, to records that explain public policy decision-making – government holds a wealth of information. This information is a national resource and should be managed for public purposes.
The release of more information, in a format that is more accessible by both people and computers, and with appropriate safeguards, can help people better understand and review how government decisions are made. It can also allow people to use the data government holds in new and creative ways – for example, through the development of new apps.
Australia already has a system for proactively releasing government information and data, and providing access to government-held documents in accordance with relevant laws. How can we improve this system? How can we make access to data easier and make the data itself easier to use?
- Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
- Review of Freedom of Information Laws: August 2013
- Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use: May 2017
- Digital Transformation Agency design guide on open data: July 2015
- What effective, relevant, and ambitious ideas related to this theme should the government consider?
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The outputs from this and the face-to-face consultations will be made available to the Open Government Forum. At its meeting in April, the Forum will be asked to assess those ideas with substantial support, and make recommendations to government on prospective themes and commitments. When government releases its draft National Action Plan for public comments in June, it will also provide a response to ideas.