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Data Availability and Use

Public inquiry

This public inquiry investigated ways to improve the availability and use of public and private sector data.

  • Issues paper 18 Apr 2016
  • Draft report 3 Nov 2016
  • Final report 31 Mar 2017

The issues paper covers a range of issues on which the Commission sought information and feedback, and is intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

Initial submissions were due by 29 July 2016.

Read the issues paper

The Commission sought further information and feedback following release of a draft report on 3 November 2016. Submissions on the draft report were due by 12 December 2016.

Read the draft report

This inquiry is complete. The final report was handed to the Australian Government on 31 March 2017.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

The Commission was required to:

  • look at the benefits and costs of making public and private datasets more available
  • examine options for collection, sharing and release of data
  • identify ways consumers can use and benefit from access to data, particularly data about themselves
  • consider how to preserve individual privacy and control over data use.