Research Australia has responded to the Australian Government’s latest Discussion Paper on the development of Data Sharing legislation. The legislation aims to improve the sharing of data by Australian Government departments and agencies.
Research Austrlaia’s submission has urged further consideration be given to how public benefit and commercial use are to be defined and how tests for these might be applied. It has also supported the approach to the accreditation of research institutions and individuals, and cautioned against ethics approval by an HREC becoming a default requirement for all data sharing applications.
Research Australia’s submission is available here.
The next stage will be the release of draft legislation for consultation, expected in early 2020.