Correspondence with government (Prime Minister & Cabinet)

Reply to email sent to Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet regarding the change in governance of cross portfolio data linkage projects received Oct 28, 2016

Hi Rosie

Thank you for your follow-up enquiry, in early 2015, PM&C led an in-house study which sought to identify how the Australian Public Service (APS) could make better use of data (link to PM&C report). On investigation, they found that the existing governance structure for data matters within the APS was fragmented, with overlapping governance bodies, working groups and committees.

In response to these findings, the Report recommended that the Commonwealth should streamline the existing governance structures (Recommendation 6(c)) and put out a call for Data Champions (Recommendation 1(c)).

In implementing these Recommendations, three primary groups were established:

  • Secretaries Data Group – guides transformation issues and drives data leadership and work across the APS to overcome identified barriers;
  • Deputy Secretaries Data Group – responsible for progressing the recommendations put forward in the Public Data Management Report, assisting in the implementation of transformation issues across the APS, and governing the data ecosystem across the APS; and
  • Data Champions Network – drive cultural change regarding public data across the Commonwealth.

Page 31 of the aforementioned report contains diagrams which describe the previous and current governance models. The current model offers clear lines of reporting and responsibility.

In moving to the new governance structure, the oversight responsibilities of the Cross-Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board have transferred to the Secretaries Data Group and the Deputy Secretaries Data Group. These responsibilities include oversight of data integration projects across the Australian Government, such as the MADIP project.

Regards

PMC Media

Communications Branch

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Email sent to Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet regarding the change in governance dated Oct 19, 2016

Hi,

Thank you for your earlier response confirming the change in oversight of cross portfolio data integration projects. As I have not found any publicly available information other than two reports produced by DPM&C on public data which refer to this change, I am wondering if you could provide me with a fuller explanation for the change in oversight framework?

thank you

Rosie Williams
UNCLASSIFIED

Hi Rosie,

The below outlines the Secretaries Data Group and MADIP.

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.

MADIP is an Australian Government cross-portfolio partnership to enable better use of existing public data for research and statistical purposes. There are five partner agencies: the Department of Social Services, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, the Australian Taxation Office, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The project is currently in evaluation phase. There is a Project Board consisting of representatives from each partner agency.

Kind Regards

PMC Media

Communications Branch
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Note to media:Unless otherwise agreed, the information contained in this email is for background only and not for attribution.

 


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