Electronic government information
Australia’s freedom of information regime continues to be undermined in practice by inordinate delay, under-resourcing and the abuse of statutory exceptions. In light of these problems, the Centre for Public Integrity outlines a number of recommendations for reform in this briefing paper.
The widespread availability of data and analytics has extended into the public sector and policy-making. This policy brief summarises the various methods being used in practice to value datasets and how they compare.
In response to recommendations in the 2015 Independent Review of Whole-of-Government Internal Regulation (Belcher Red Tape Review), to reduce compliance burden and to support entities to better engage with risk, the Attorney-General introduced a revised Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) on 1 October 2018. The...
Based on an open call for evidence, this report assesses how open government data (OGD) was used to react and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic during initial stage of the crisis (March-July 2020). It also seeks to transform lessons learned into considerations for policy-makers on...
This publication reveals that an increase in refused freedom of information (FOI) requests, more redactions, higher charges and longer delays are all plaguing Australia’s system of access to government documents.
This rapid research brief analyses whether COVID-19 had an impact on public sentiment in relation to privacy and the widespread use of data and technology by government in responding to the public health crisis, be it through tracing, compliance or enforcement.
The coronavirus pandemic is the most significant crisis governments have faced in generations. Digital technology has helped the UK government to manage many of the issues, and has enabled a more effective response than would have been otherwise possible. This report assesses the factors that...
The digital economy has brought with it immense benefits including new, faster and better products and services. As Australians spend more of their time online, and new technologies emerge, more personal information about individuals is being captured and processed, raising questions as to whether Australian...
Automated decision-making, digital government and preserving information access rights – for agencies
This fact sheet provides guidance to agencies on the release of information in relation to the use of automated decision-making systems.
Automated decision-making, digital government and preserving information access rights – for citizens
This fact sheet provides advice to citizens seeking access to government information.
The objective of this audit was to assess whether Services Australia appropriately managed risks to operating the current welfare payment system and appropriately prepared to transition to the future system.
This policy paper explores the role and value of ‘digital minilateralism’. Minilaterals are small, trust-based, knowledge creating and sharing, innovation-oriented networks. Digital minilateralism describes those minilateral networks both committed to digital governance and using ‘digital’ culture, practices, processes and technologies as tools to advance peer...
Individuals and their organisations (data users) must be accredited by the National Data Commissioner before they can access public sector data, under proposed new legislation. The Office of the National Data Commissioner has released this discussion paper on the proposed Accreditation Framework, which is open...
Through this strategy, the Australian government will attempt to build trust in the online world by supporting businesses’ cyber resilience, including by sharing threat information, setting clear expectations of roles and strengthening partnerships.
This report analyses projects where data has been shared between government departments, and with commercial organisations, identifying recurring barriers, and the steps that were taken to address them. It focuses on citizen trust, which the report argues needs to be addressed if we are to...
This report details the process and outcomes of the 'Create Phase' of the development of Australia’s third Open Government action plan. In particular, it contains the ‘Blended Concepts’ developed during the Create Phase of the development of the plan.
As a development tool, the e-government survey examines countries’ strengths, challenges and opportunities, and informs policies and strategies. The 2020 edition found that progress has been made across all regions, even in the least developed countries.
The Australian Data and Digital Council has committed to using data and digital technologies to improve the lives of Australians, now and into the future.
These detailed guidelines are supplemented with higher level recommendations aimed at the other stakeholder groups who need to work together with the researchers and data stewards to realise the timely and open sharing of research data as a key component of pandemic preparedness and response.
Identifying the cyber security posture or vulnerabilities of individual Commonwealth entities may increase their risk of being targeted by malicious cyber actors. This report, therefore, does not identify specific entities – all data has been anonymised and provided in aggregate.