POSITIVE POLICY

National Information Policy

The explosive growth in digitisation and connectivity in Australia has created an opportunity for a new, economy-wide productivity agenda. Today, digital data – information - is the fuel for digital innovation and productivity growth across the public, private and community sectors.

Today, the Internet of Things and cheaper telemetry means we now have unprecedented volumes of data. This data can be aggregated and pooled, helping to maximise benefits for consumers.

Technology consultancy, Gartner estimates that there will be 4.9 billion connected devices in use by the end of 2015 – and 26 billion by 2020. This data is the fuel of digital innovation and productivity growth across the public, private and community sectors. That is why it is important the right policy settings to protect consumers, create new business opportunities, promote innovation and lift productivity.

Labor will pursue a new, national reform agenda - National Information Policy - to be pursued through a cross-sector Independent Data Council. The Independent Data Council would be modelled on the New Zealand ‘Data Futures Partnership’ and the UK ‘Open Data Institute’ and would include experts from government, academia and the private sector. It would be tasked with promoting an optimal open data culture in Australia supported by appropriate rules and institutions.

A National Information Policy would follow the model of the Keating Government’s National Competition Policy and systematically scan institutions (public, private and community), policies and regulations to identify obstacles to optimal data generation, protection, access and use.

Further information is available here.