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Australian Government Data Initiatives and Policies An interactive mind map to help understand the landscape Please click through to links (with the little arrows) for more information on individual components Please send updates to by Mind Map: Australian Government Data Initiatives and Policies  
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Australian Government Data Initiatives and Policies An interactive mind map to help understand the landscape Please click through to links (with the little arrows) for more information on individual components Please send updates to

Department of Industry (Industry) - DATA OWNER

International and Industry Standards Organisations

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

International Electrontechnical Commission (IEC)

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Organization for the Advancement of Structural Information Standards (OASIS)

Object Management Group (OMG)

Community Initiatives

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) - Legal Records

Open Australia Foundation - inc. Election Leaflets,, PlanningAlerts, Right To Know


Sydney City Data Slam

Random Hacks of Kindness

GovPond (aggregated Gov data)

OKFNau - Communities in Australia (inc tech, science, journalism, gov)

Government Community & Skills Development

Centre of Excellence in Data Analytics (ATO)

APS Policy Visualisation Network

Australian Government Linked Data Working Group

Open Data group on GovDex

Australian Government Statistical Forum (AGSF)

Policies & Documentation


The Coalition's Plan for the Digital Economy & e-Government (2013)

Productivity Commission 2013 Annual Report - The Value of Adminsitrative Data

Advancing Australia as a Digital Economy: An Update to the National Digital Economy Strategy (Communications) 2013

Australian Public Service ICT Strategy 2012 – 2015 (Finance)

APS Big Data Strategy (Finance) 2013

Open Government Partnership National Action Plan (to be developed) 2013

Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report (Finance) 2009

Declaration of Open Government (Finance) 2010

National Standards Framework (Finance) 2009

Publishing Public Sector Information (Finance) 2011

Accessibility Policy (Finance) 2010

Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for Reform of Australian Government Administration (PM&C) 2010

Open public sector information: from principles to practice (OAIC) 2013

Statement of Intellectual Property Principles for Australian Government (AGD) 2009 Defines CC-BY as Australian Government default

Other Federal Information, Privacy and Other FoI policies (OAIC)

Digital Transition Policy (NAA) 2012

Investigation into the Spatial Capability of Australia (OSP) 2011

One ANZ Foundation Spatial Data Framework (FSDF) - Project Implementation Plan (Industry) 2012

Open Research Publication Policies (doesn't yet include data), National Health and Medical Research Council open publications policy, Australian Research Council open publications policy


Open Government

Draft Open Data Policy (2013)

NSW ICT Policy (2012)


Open Data Declaration (2013)

SA-Connected ICT Position Paper (2013)


Departmental Open Data Strategies (2013)

Open Data Strategy (2013)

QLD ICT Strategy (2013)


DataVic Access Policy and the Intellectual Property Policy (2012)

DataVic Access Policy Standards and Guidelines (2013)

Victorian Government ICT Strategy (2013)


Open Data Policy (on GitHub)

Open Government in the ACT (2011)

ICT Strategic Plan 2011-2015 [pdf]

New Zealand

Open data case studies

Government ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017

NZGOAL - licensing framework for NZ Government (framework only, no organisation)

Non-Government Organisations

Australian Government Open Access Licensing Framework (AusGOAL) organisation - framework is adopted by several State Governments

Australian Government Data Projects

Open Data Portals (Launched 2009, relaunched on CKAN 2013) (Launched 2010, integration of the Spatial DataMart and Data.Vic 2013) (Launched on CKAN 2012) (Launched on CKAN 2013) (Launched on CKAN 2013) (Launched on Socrata 2012)

Spatial Projects

FIND (Spatial Catalogue)

NSW Spatial Data Catalogue

QLD Spatial data


Tasmanian Spatial Information Foundations Project


Statistical Data

ABS.Stat data service

Other Australian Bureau of Statistics data

National Statistical Service

ABS - Key Economic Indicators, National Accounts, International Accounts, Consumption and Investment, Production, Prices, Labour Fource and Demography, Incomes, Housing Finance

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Social Science Data Archive

Sensor Data

Sense-T (Tasmania)

Cultural Data

SODA (National Archives of Australia)

Trove (newspapers, books, photos) NLA

Research/Science Data

Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) - under development

Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)

Weather and other environmental data services (BoM)

Geoscience WMS data services (Geoscience Australia and State/Territory sources)

Australian Biological Resources Study data sources

Atlas of Living Australia (Biodiversity data)

ACORN-SAT Environmental Linked Data (BoM, NPEII & CSIRO)

Australian Institute of Marine Science data catalogue

Australian Soil Resource Information System

CSIRO data access portal

Spatial Identifier Reference Framework (CSIRO)

Australian National Data Service (ANDS) - indexing service

Environmental Resources Information Network

Data about Government (parliament, law, spend)

Hansard - Parliamentary Records

AusTender - contract data (note: historical data on

ComLaw - Commonwealth legislation and notices

Radiocommunications data about licences and licencees

Related Transnational Open Data Projects

International Aid Transparency Initiative

Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative

Open Government Partnership National Action Plans

Communications and Media Data

National Broadband Network (NBN)

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO)

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)

Geo-coded National Address File (G-NAF)


National and Organisational Standards

Standards Australia

International Hydrographic Organisation

World Meteorological Organisation


Department of Communications (Communications) - POLICY, Office of Spatial Policy (OSP)

Department of Finance (Finance) - POLICY & IMPLEMENTATION

Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) - POLICY

Attorney-General's Department (AGD), National Archives of Australia (NAA), Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), Critical Infrastructure Protection - POLICY & ADMINISTRATION, Arts - Cultural Institutions - POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

Department for Industry (Industry)

Public Sector Mapping Agencies (PSMA), Geo-coded National Address File (G-NAF)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - DATA OWNER, AusTrade, Tourism Australia, AusAid

Department of Health (Health) - DATA OWNER

Department of Human Services (DHS) - DATA OWNER

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - DATA OWNER

Department of Immigration and Border Protection - DATA OWNER, Customs - POLICY & ADMNINISTRATION, Border Control - POLICY & ADMINISTRATION, Information Policy - POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

Department of Defence (Defence) DATA OWNER & ADMINISTRATION, Australian Signals Directorate - POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

Department of Social Services (DSS) - DATA OWNER

Department of Education (Education) - DATA OWNER

Department of Employment (Employment) - DATA OWNER

Department of the Environment (Environment) - DATA OWNER

State/Territory Governments

Local Governments



Australian Government Locator Service (AGLS), Dublin Core

ANZLIC National Address Management Framework

DCat - Data Catalog Vocabulary (W3C)

Government Definitions

Australian Governments' Interactive Functions Thesaurus (AGIFT)

Health, Community Services & Housing sectors data dictionary (AIHW)


National Statistical Standards (NSS)

Data Transfer for Water

Statistical Standards, Classifications and Data Dictionaries (NSS)

ANZLIC spatial metadata standard

National data dictionary for emergency services