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Submission: Australian Data Strategy

The Hub has made a joint submission to the Australian Government regarding the development of an Australian Data Strategy, announced as part of the Digital Economy Strategy during the 2021-22 Budget. The Data Strategy will outline a vision for maximising data-driven innovation across the economy while earning and maintaining public trust in how data is used and managed. The strategy may address improving access to and management of data, outlining the current data system and opportunities to enhance it, and strengthening data collaboration between government and business. Development of the Australian Data Strategy is expected to conclude by the end of the year.

The submission was written by a partnership spanning disciplines and expertise – the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, the UNSW Data Science Hub (uDASH), the UNSW Centre for Social Impact, the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute, the Australian Society for Computers and Law, and the Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation at Deakin University. It addresses the questions set out in a discussion paper including topics we believe a data strategy should address, the importance of linking up policies related to data, the need to focus on trustworthiness rather than trust, and how we believe the government should approach data-related conversations with the Australian public.”

A pdf copy of the submission is here