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Aug 19

Advancing APS data capability

Comparable to the industrial revolution, the rapid advances in data and analytics, machine learning and big data are causing dramatic shifts across sectors, including the public service.  With a proposed $1.5 billion in cuts to the public sector over the next four years, delivering outcomes with less resources requires more efficient use of data.  There … Continue reading Advancing APS data capability

23
Jun 17

What works, for whom, at what cost? The power of administrative data

Policy makers and service designers are always striving to find out ‘what works’, but traditionally this has been a time-consuming and expensive process.  We’ve also been limited to using small, specifically collected data sets to produce aggregated results, which can’t easily be used to improve services. The upshot is we’ve been using data to represent … Continue reading What works, for whom, at what cost? The power of administrative data

31
May 17

Government to invest $130m in data analytics

The Government is set to invest $130 million in data analytics teams over the next three years, under the newly announced Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) initiative. Financed by the Public Sector Modernisation Fund, the DIPA will maximise use of the Government’s vast data assets, allowing cost effective and timely insights into data that … Continue reading Government to invest $130m in data analytics

24
Nov 16

Building analytics team capability from the ground up

Chris O’Dell, Manager of Planning Statistics at the Department of Planning & Environment NSW shared his insights into building an analytics team at the Data Analytics for Effective Decision Making conference in Sydney this week. The Planning Statistics team is newly formed and was built based on ‘4 Ps’: purpose, position, people and product. Purpose … Continue reading Building analytics team capability from the ground up

04
Nov 16

Productivity Commission recommends sweeping data reforms

Australian government agencies must take a more contemporary approach to sharing and releasing data, according to a new draft report from the Productivity Commission. Proposing significant reforms, the report recommends a new Data Sharing and Release Act, a National Data Custodian and a suite of sectoral Accredited Release Authorities to improve transparency and confidence in … Continue reading Productivity Commission recommends sweeping data reforms

17
Oct 16

Public access to microdata through the Integrated Data Infrastructure

Author:Che Tibby

“Privacy By Design”, “Social Licence”. If you say them often enough they become mantra by which an agency can start to embed a culture of data safety among its people. The world of public sector ICT is littered with the corpses of high-spend projects that died from a thousand cuts of outrage because no-one asked … Continue reading Public access to microdata through the Integrated Data Infrastructure

11
Oct 16

Evolving data into local government service planning

Author:Peter Way

Successful asset management of infrastructure is highly dependent on data, be it technical or financial data. Most organisations struggle to gather that data and adequately translate the data into useful information on which to make informed decisions. Similarly, most organisations struggle when it comes to articulating the condition of their assets and the levels of … Continue reading Evolving data into local government service planning

21
Sep 16

Data.gov.au to become a ‘world-leading example of public open data’

The data.gov.au platform is set to become a “world-leading example of public open data infrastructure” under new plans by the Data Infrastructure Engagement (DIGE) team and Data61 (CSIRO’s digital research network). Data61 was tasked with employing “data analytics to connect disparate government datasets and publicly release them on open data platforms” as part of the … Continue reading Data.gov.au to become a ‘world-leading example of public open data’