Open Government Partnership – Australia

3.3 - Government information access - Public Data

Overall status:

Australia will make it easier for the public to find, access and use government data and information. We will do this by making greater use of central portals, digital platforms and other tools to improve discoverability and accessibility.

Current status

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is working with Data61 to develop the next generation of the platform. Together we have released an alpha version of new search functionality at and have shared early concepts of potential functionality at Since its launch in March 2017 the alpha search has been accessed by over 2,000 users.

Our aim is to continue sharing the work we are doing to improve to receive feedback that will inform our ongoing development.


Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet



Other stakeholders

Government: We are specifically working with CSIRO’s Data61 on this commitment. However, the Government’s Public Data Policy Statement requires all agencies to make non-sensitive data open by default.


Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Status

Work with Data 61 to conduct research and discovery into data consumption (to better understand user behaviours and needs) and publishing (to improve quality, timeliness and value of published data). (Mid 2017)


Work with Data61 to create, circulate and gather feedback on design concepts and prototypes for improved search functionality and user experience on the platform. (Search alpha delivered Mar 2017)


Deliver live platform elements for, including integration with NationalMap to provide a more efficient workflow for the publishing and discovery of spatial data. (Early 2017 - Late 2017)


Design and prototype further platform capabilities, including: functionality to promote examples and collaboration using public data; and integration with other platforms for open data projects and third party open data platforms. (Early 2017 - Mid 2018)

Last updated: 24/07/2017

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