Data collection platforms
Emerging privacy-enhancing technologies: current regulatory and policy approaches
This report examines privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), which are digital solutions that allow information to be collected, processed, analysed and shared while protecting data confidentiality and privacy. The report reviews recent technological advancements and evaluates the effectiveness of different types of PETs, as well as the...
Effects of digitalization on the human centricity of social security administration and services
The author of this working paper argues that there is no substitute for sound, evidence-based policy development to support a human-centric approach to social policy and government to service delivery. To enhance the benefits from AI while minimising the adverse risks, social security administration needs...
Mixed bunch: the use and utility of administrative data in dispute and complaint resolution bodies in Victoria
Dispute and complaint resolution bodies are a vital part of the Victorian justice system, providing access to civil justice for thousands of Victorians. While they have a vibrant political and policy history, their establishment and functions have been organic and piecemeal. This report is an...
Data trust and data privacy: a brake on the data and digital dividend?
Data is increasingly available at scale and many of the fastest growing companies are built on data and data analytics. This paper reports data on Australian’s attitudes to data trust and data privacy and how these have changed since October 2018 using data from the...
Using real-time indicators for economic decision-making in government
This paper reviews the elements that contributed to successes in using real-time data during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the challenges faced during this period, with a view to distilling some lessons for future use in government.
City of Greater Bendigo data co-op: a place-based data collaboration focused on community resilience
This project report outlines the feasibility and potential benefits of organisations collaborating with data around the topic of community resilience for the City of Greater Bendigo.
Using individual income tax data in automatic voter registration systems: a state-by-state analysis
This report assesses the effectiveness of using United States income tax data for the purpose of automatic voter registration or re-registration, focusing on the level of match between each state’s standard individual income tax form and its voter registration requirements.
The OECD Going digital measurement roadmap
Measuring digital transformation is a key component of designing and implementing evidence-based policies today. This strategy document includes ten actions that, if prioritised and implemented, would substantially advance the capacity of countries to monitor digital transformation and its impacts.
Public interest sex tech hackathon: speculative futures and participatory design
Sex tech has emerged as a site in which sexual pleasure, wellbeing and health are increasingly understood as data. The Public Interest Sex Tech Hackathon offered new perspectives on ethical data governance and public interest technologies by exploring a topic that has been both sensationalised/stigmatised...
A future built on data: data strategies, competitive advantage and trust
In the twenty-first century, data became the subject of national strategy. This paper examines these visions and strategies to better understand what policy-makers hope to achieve.
Integrating shared care teams into cancer follow-up care models
This paper highlights the gaps in knowledge relating to the implementation of shared care cancer follow-up models in Australia. It focuses on some of the key considerations for implementing shared care, including the need to collect primary care data and link this to patient health...
Optimizing analytics for policymaking and governance
This review draws on a survey of professionals working in and with federal agencies to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how the government uses analytics, the outcomes of these efforts, and the challenges agencies face in their work to further develop analytical capabilities.
National data security action plan: discussion paper
This discussion paper focuses on policy settings for state and territory governments, businesses and the broader economy and is seeking views as to how the Australian Government can best achieve data security uplift at a national level.
Better data for the delivery of grant funded social services
This paper aims to provide an overview of what is currently known about the extent of use of grants programs by the Australian government to fund the delivery of social services, challenges and opportunities for service delivery, and outcome measurement and performance management.
Smarter data: the use and utility of administrative data in Victorian courts and tribunals
This report on the use and utility of data in Victorian courts and tribunals adds a critical dimension to the understanding of the data environment, and through it, the opportunities and challenges in its effective application.
Electronic Visit Verification: a guide to intersecting harms and policy consequences
The implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) systems highlights the risks of uncritical adoption of data-centric technologies in the provision of public services. This policy brief describes the harms that EVV and—technologies like it—create, and the stakes of continued inaction by federal and state governments.
Electronic Visit Verification: the weight of surveillance and the fracturing of care
This report argues that the surveillance of home care workers through a mobile app called Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) erodes the quality of personal care and offloads significant, unacknowledged burdens onto workers and service recipients.
Listening to users and other ideas for building trust in digital trade
This paper argues that if trade policy-makers truly want to achieve data free flow in digital trade they must address public trust and user concerns beyond privacy.
Unlocking the value of data: exploring the role of data intermediaries
This paper explores the activity of existing data intermediaries (such as data trusts and data exchanges) across different sectors, and considers the role they could play in the future.
The ATO Longitudinal Information Files (ALife): Individuals - a new dataset for public policy research
This working paper provides an overview of the ATO's 'ALife - Individuals' dataset and outlines some of the possibilities for public policy research and evaluation that will improve understanding of taxpayer behaviour and support policy development.
World development report 2021: data for better lives
Today’s unprecedented growth of data and their ubiquity in our lives are signs that the data revolution is transforming the world. This report explores the tremendous potential of the changing data landscape to improve the lives of poor people, while also acknowledging its potential to...
Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre: second interim report
In the second phase of the inquiry, the committee has again categorised its work across the key areas of: tax settings; regulatory issues; access to capital; and skills and culture. This report also includes a standalone chapter on blockchain and digital assets, which is an...
Unfair trading practices in digital markets: evidence and regulatory gaps
This report examines the reliance Australian consumers have on data-driven technologies and digital marketplaces, and explores how this reliance has evolved since 2018. The report also sets out the key consumer policy implications the research results pose – and what can be done by market...
The third wave of open data toolkit
This toolkit has been developed as a resource for data stewards and responsible data leaders at public, private, and civil society organisations, who are seeking new ways to create public value through cross-sector data collaboration.
Notifiable Data Breaches report: July to December 2020
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) periodically publishes statistical information about notifications received under the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme to assist entities and the public to understand the operation of the scheme. This report captures notifications made under the NDB scheme for...