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2.1 - Release high-value datasets and enable data driven innovation

We will work with the research, not-for-profit and private sectors to release high-value public datasets and drive social and economic outcomes.

Australia will continue to make more public data openly available and support its use to launch commercial and non-profit ventures, conduct research, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems.

Status Quo
Public data is a valuable national resource and its use and reuse can help grow the economy, improve service delivery and transform policy outcomes.

While significant progress has been made to advance the public data agenda within Australia, further work needs to be done to harness the full value of this resource. Ongoing engagement is required to identify the characteristics of high-value datasets and discover barriers to accessing and sharing data.

The public, research, not-for-profit and private sectors can innovate with this data in order to generate new business, develop new products and services, and create social value.

The Government has provided some support to date, including through the Open Data 500 Australia  and the DataStart initiative.  There is now the opportunity to build and expand on these pilot initiatives to encourage the use of public data for social and economic outcomes.

In the Government’s policy for Better and More Accessible Digital Services, the Government committed to working with research, not-for-profit and private sectors to identify high-value public datasets for release. This will be supported by a public registry of significant non sensitive datasets yet to be published on data.gov.au. The Government is also establishing a $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to incentivise local councils to open up their data and collaborate with communities, local business, not-for-profits and research institutes to create innovative solutions to urban problems.

The Productivity Commission is undertaking an inquiry into data availability and use that will also identify the characteristics (and provide examples) of public datasets that would provide high value to the public, research and private sectors, as well as the community.

To develop an open dialogue between government and non-government sectors to identify high-value datasets and to stimulate greater use and re‑use of public data in innovative ways.

This commitment will advance the OGP values of access to information, technology and innovation and public participation by:

  • identifying and prioritising high-value datasets for priority release;
  • understanding how Australian businesses and not-for-profits are using public data;
  • stimulating use and re-use of public data in innovative ways;
  • encouraging the use of public data to create social value;
  • identifying, facilitating and addressing barriers impeding the sharing of and access to data; and
  • fostering a dialogue on how public data can be made more useful.

OGP Grand Challenge

  • More Effectively Managing Public Resources
  • Improving Public Services

December 2016 – July 2018

Lead agency
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Other actors involved
Government:Commonwealth Government agencies and state and territory governments

Non-government: Research, not-for-profit and private sectors


  1. Review and publicise the outcomes from the pilot DataStart initiative.
    • October - December 2016
  2. Roundtable discussion with the research sector.
    • October 2016
  3. Roundtable discussion with the private sector.
    • November 2016
  4. Roundtable discussion with the not-for-profit sector.
    • February - March 2017
  5. Undertake the second round of the Open Data 500.
    • January - July 2017
  6. Expand the DataStart initiative.
    • July 2017 - July 2018
  7. Broader consultation through surveys, social media and blog posts.
    • October 2016 - March 2017
  8. Develop the High-Value Dataset Framework.
    • March - End 2017
  9. Provide support and mentoring at GovHack events.
    • Ongoing