DAT Scheme Accreditation

Feb 23, 2024 | Data Linkage

At Data Linkage Services we are committed to both improving the scope of data and services available, and ensuring access and disclosure of information complies with legislation and policy requirements.

The Data Availability and Transparency Act 2022 overcomes barriers to data sharing through an authorisation to override Commonwealth, State or Territory laws, that would otherwise prohibit the sharing, collection and use of certain data when appropriate safeguards are in place, without overriding the Privacy Act 1988.

This establishes a new, best practice scheme for sharing Australian Government data, underpinned by strong safeguards and consistent, efficient processes, known as the DATA Scheme.

The DATA Scheme, administered by the Office of the National Data Commissioner, is focused on increasing the availability and use of Australian Government data to deliver government services that are simple, effective and respectful, inform better government policies and programs, and support world-leading research and development.

Under this new scheme, an accredited ‘User’ can request Australian Government data from a Data Custodian, and an accredited ‘Data Service Provider’ can be used to provide data services to support the data sharing project.

Data Linkage Services at the WA Department of Health is now an accredited Data Service Provider for Complex Data Integration and De-identification services under the DATA Scheme.

This means that accredited users, such as government bodies or universities, can request Australian Government data with Data Linkage Services providing linkage, integration or de-identification services.

For more information on the DATA Scheme, including user registration and accessing Australian Government data, we recommend visiting the website of the Office of the National Data Commissioner and referring to the ONDC guidance documents linked below:


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