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Government services in Pearce to be better, easier and safer through Public Data Sharing Reform

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Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter today announced a major milestone in the Federal Liberal Government’s commitment to improve government service delivery.

A discussion paper outlining proposed landmark public data sharing reforms has been released with the aim of building a secure, connected and seamless government service experience.

Mr Porter said the reforms will enshrine stronger safeguards in legislation to enable the modernisation of the government’s public data capability and set a clear, consistent and transparent approach to public data sharing.

“Australians expect government services to be simple, seamless, and fast – just like their everyday experience of shopping and banking. These proposed reforms will establish stronger safeguards and enable government to use data more effectively and securely to deliver services in a way that meets the expectations of the Australian public,” Mr Porter said.

“These reforms will ensure we keep pace with international standards and best practice when it comes to government service delivery. However, the use of data must be done safely, for the right purpose and by the right people, with privacy and security at the very core.”

Mr Porter encouraged individuals and organisations across Pearce to consider providing their input on the Discussion Paper.

“We are committed to getting this right so we’ve sought the views of users and stakeholders, including peak bodies, privacy experts, businesses and research institutions to help shape the policies outlined in this Discussion Paper. I encourage everyone to have their say to help refine the new legislative framework so we can make the most of this important national asset to benefit all Australians,” Mr Porter said.

The Discussion Paper is open for public submissions from 3 September to 15 October 2019. For more information, visit www.datacommissioner.gov.au.