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Correspondence with government (ABS & NSS)
Response to email to the ABS requesting a list of the information that is created about individuals at unit record level from the Multi Agency Data Integration Project received Oct 28, 2016
Dear Ms Williams,
Thank you for your enquiry about the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP).
MADIP is in the early stages of development and the ABS and other partner agencies are working through the details of how we will safely make this important public data more widely accessible, including to researchers for statistical analysis. Until the ABS and partner agencies finalise the approach to MADIP, examples of CURF level data will not be available. All data involved in MADIP is subject to the Census and Statistics Act 1905, so no information can be released outside the ABS in a manner that is likely to enable the identification of an individual – all data will be anonymised.
The datasets provided for MADIP were one-off extracts of data relating to the 2011 reference period as part of an evaluation project. There are no plans at this stage for ongoing provision of data for additional time points, though there is acknowledgement that additional data is likely to be beneficial to better inform on outcomes for policy and research purposes.
The MADIP project has the potential to improve transparency and inform evidence-based policy which will provide better outcomes for all Australians. More information about the ABS’ data integration work and its approach to privacy and security of data is available on the Data Integration page of the ABS website.
If it is convenient, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss the project or data integration more generally. Please let me know if this is of interest and we can work out how best to make that happen. My contact details are below.
Data Integration NSC | Strategic Partnerships and Projects | Australian Bureau of Statistics
Email to the ABS requesting a list of the information that is created about individuals at unit record level from the Multi Agency Data Integration Project dated Oct, 19 2016
I have some questions about the detail and breadth of data at unit record level generated by the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) which is being run by the ABS.
I would like an example of the CURF/unit record level data that this data linkage project would provide to researchers to enable me to better understand what kind of information on Australian citizens will be made available through this project.
I would also like to know more about the data linkage process. Is the data taken from each participating agency administrative dataset at a particular point in time to be joined with census data for MADIP or is administrative data continually refreshed or renewed at specific points?
Rosie Williams 19 october 2016
Email to the National Statistics Service regarding changes in the governance framework for cross portfolio data integration projects dated 19 Oct, 2016
I wish to make some enquiries about governance/oversight arrangements for data integration projects. It would appear that the oversight framework that is published at https://statistical-data-integration.govspace.gov.au/roles-and-responsibilities/the-cross-portfolio-data-integration-oversight-board/ suggests that the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board is still in existence however an email I have received from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet states:
‘The Secretaries Data Group and Deputy Secretaries Data Group, established in November 2015, have oversight of Data Integration Involving Commonwealth Data for Statistical and Research Purposes, replacing the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board.’
Can the National Statistics Service confirm that the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board is no longer in operation?
If the CPDIOB is no longer in existence, what oversight arrangements are now in place for Cross Portfolio Data Integration projects using Commonwealth data? For what reason has the the Board been disbanded in favour of the Secretaries Data Group and Deputy Secretaries Data Group?
Will the public register at nss.gov.au continue to be used to list all Commonwealth data integration projects?
December 15, 2016 / Rosie / 0