5. Address funding and legislative barriers

Existing funding processes and data sharing legislations can act as barriers to digital platform adoption.

These barriers hinder development and collaboration across departments and agencies and need to be addressed to enable the Strategy to be successful.

How we will achieve this

Shift from a project to a service mindset  

Current funding processes require detailed benefits to be defined and estimated over a 4 year timeframe. Digital platforms are likely to be delivered using an agile test-and-learn approach and long-term benefits may not be fully defined upfront.  

Existing funding processes need to be reviewed to ensure they remain relevant for digital platforms and allow the provision of sufficient funding for digital platforms to test ideas, designs and solutions in small iterations.

Sustainable funding also needs to be provided for digital platforms to evolve and continuously improve, to operate effectively, and be maintained appropriately. A whole of life, staged funding approach will be crucial for the success of digital platforms.  

Allow shared funding models that facilitate collaboration

We believe that allowing shared funding contribution models, and the ability to ‘chargeback’ or distribute costs fairly promotes greater collaboration and accountability for digital platforms. 

We will work collaboratively with departments and agencies to co-design an appropriate funding model for each specific digital platform, in line with government requirements. It is imperative that the owner of the digital platform drives the development of an appropriate funding model in collaboration with key stakeholders. The funding model developed should be approved by the relevant governance forum, in line with the agreed governance framework.

We recommend that the funding model for each digital platform be reviewed periodically to ensure it promotes the right behaviours, and is effective and sustainable as platforms evolve.

Address legislative barriers to data sharing

Data sharing is essential for interoperability and ultimately the ability for digital platforms to deliver value. A key purpose of digital platforms is to exchange data so it will be important that barriers that prevent or limit departments and agencies from sharing data with each other are addressed.

The ability to collect reporting data to analyse the operational performance and compliance of digital platforms is vital to building trust and confidence.  

We are aware of the current challenges that hinder data sharing and the benefits that can be achieved if these challenges can be resolved. In its public data policy statement, government recognised the importance of effectively managing data sharing as a national resource for the benefit of the Australian people. New data sharing and release legislation will help facilitate resolution of these challenges.

The new legislation will govern the sharing and release of a wide range of data held by the Australian Government while improving data safeguards and risk management tools to create a more transparent environment for data sharing.

The DTA is a key stakeholder in designing and implementing the new legislation, including assessing any potential impact on digital platforms. 

How we will operationalise this

Our Digital Platforms Operating Model consists of the following component that provides further details on how we will address funding and legislative barriers:

  • funding