Australian Government Public Data Policy Statement

Helen Owens | 07 Dec 2015

As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government has today released its Public Data Policy Statement. This formalises the Government’s commitment to open data and data-driven innovation.

Access to and use of the data that is collected by Commonwealth Government entities, referred to as ‘public data’, has the potential to stimulate innovation and help grow the economy, improve service delivery and decision making for planning and policy development.

Our capacity to remain competitive in the global digital economy depends on how well we can harness the value of public data.

The Public Data Policy Statement indicates the Government has prioritised effective data management as one if its core priorities and the Policy Statement provides a clear mandate for Commonwealth Government entities to optimise the use and reuse of public data.

The Public Data Policy Statement commits Australian Government entities to:

The Public Data Policy Statement brings Australia in line with our international and jurisdictional counterparts.

The Public Data Policy Statement is available at