Strategic priority 2

Smart services that adapt to the data you choose to share

Digital services must be relevant and convenient. They must adapt to your needs according to the data you choose to share. When you share your data, we will protect it, secure it and maintain your privacy.

Your trust is paramount to us. To keep this trust, we will be ethical in how we treat your data and be clear about what we do.

We believe you should have control over your data. That is why we have implemented the Consumer Data Right, which will enable you to ask for your data from financial institutions, telecommunications companies and utility providers. You can use it to get a better deal for services to meet your needs.

In the case of government services, if you tell us to, we will share your data across agencies. For example, when you move home, you won’t need to tell each government agency of the new address. By giving us permission to update your information across agencies, you only have to tell us your new address once, and we’ll do the rest.

In the future, you will be able to receive relevant information, reminders and notifications based on your needs and life events. For example, if you are having a baby, we may use your address to indicate the closest hospital, doctor, nurse, midwife or baby clinic.

Data Integration Partnership for Australia

To drive this better use of data, the government has invested in the Data Integration Partnership for Australia. The Data Integration Partnership for Australia links public sector data across multiple agencies. Under Data Integration Partnership for Australia, the Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment combines surveys from Australian Bureau of Statistics and business tax data that has been stripped of identifying features with data on government programs to provide a better understanding of the performance of Australian businesses and the economy.

Already, this data is building a better understanding of which Australian businesses are creating new jobs. Between 2004-05 and 2011-12, businesses with high-growth in employment represented only 9%, but contributed around 46% of net positive employment growth. Additionally, in the decade to 2014 around 80% of net jobs growth was contributed by small business.