Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020 [Provisions] and Data Availability and Transparency (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 [Provisions]

April 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-218-3

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Compatibility with human rights
  Consideration by the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills
  Financial impact statement
  Structure of the report

Chapter 2—Overview

  Overview of the bills
  Design of the bills
  Legislative framework
  Operation of the data sharing scheme
  Data sharing principles
  Data sharing agreements
  Oversight of the data sharing scheme and avenues for redress
  Consequential amendments bill

Chapter 3—Examination by the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills

  Review and complaint mechanisms
  Significant penalties
  Significant matters in delegated legislation
  Broad delegation of investigatory powers
  Reversal of evidential burden of proof

Chapter 4—Examination by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

  Right to privacy
  Joint committee’s concluding comments

Chapter 5—Key issues

  Views on the bills
  Views of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
  Security concerns around foreign entities
  Standard of consent (definition of ‘unreasonable or impracticable’)
  Definition of ‘public interest’
  Reliance on delegated legislation for accreditation
  Reliance on guidelines
  ‘Other persons’
  Dual roles of the Office of the National Data Commissioner
  Concerns with the sharing of particular kinds of data
  Treatment of legal professional privilege
  Indigenous considerations
  Committee view

Labor Senators' Dissenting Report

Appendix 1—How will the Data Availability and Transparency Act work?

Appendix 2—Submissions and additional information received by the committee

Appendix 3—Public hearings

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3846