In 2010, the Secretaries Board (i.e. heads of all Commonwealth government agencies and the Australian Public Service Commission) endorsed a set of principles to govern integration of Commonwealth data for statistical and research purposes, as well as a set of governance and institutional arrangements to support these principles.
An important part of the governance and institutional arrangements is being able to hold one agency accountable for the safe implementation of a data integration project. To make this happen, for every data integration project involving Commonwealth data, the data custodian(s) must nominate an 'integrating authority'. For data integration proposals that involve Commonwealth data and are considered 'high risk', an accredited integrating authority must be used. To ensure effective use of specialist skills and infrastructure, the number of accredited integrating authorities is expected to be relatively limited.
The closing date for the second round of applications for interim accreditation (to be considered at the April meeting of the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board) is Monday 2 April 2012. Tentative closing dates for application rounds three and four will be Wednesday 27 June 2012 and Wednesday 12 September 2012 respectively.
All statistical data integration projects involving Commonwealth data expected to continue beyond October 2012, including those already underway, will need to become aligned with the principles and the governance and institutional arrangements by October 2012.
Projects expected to be completed by October 2012 will not be subject to the new arrangements.
To find out more about the Commonwealth arrangements
Visit the Statistical Data Integration web page.
Contact the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Secretariat by phone (02) 6252 7198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org