SEP 12, 2019 - SEP 13, 2019 Rex Hotel Canberra

Stay ahead of the game – attend this two-day exploration of social strategic innovation to
future proof your company against the ever-changing social marketing landscape.


Julian Singh, Managing Director, Open Data Connect, and National Board Member, GovHack Australia

The Australian government has launched a new digital transformation strategy designed to make the country a
world leader in digital government by 2025. This session will address:

  • Assessing how to make it easier for citizens to interact
    with government
  • Analysing the adoption of new and emerging technologies
    in government
  • Assessing how automation can allow public sector organisations to make quicker and more detailed assessments
    that can inform reactive strategies

ED HUSIC, MP, Federal Member for Chifley, Former Shadow
Minister, Digital Economy and Human Services

The Data Sharing and Release Bill sets out more legislative clarity to promote better use of data with the aim to reflect a balanced approach to realising the maximum benefits of public sector data while meeting community expectations that we handle data safely and appropriately. This session will look at:

  • Reviewing the barriers to balancing sharing data held by government with appropriate risk management
  • Effective safeguarding of data sharing and release in a consistent and appropriate way
  • Ensuring the right framework is established to enhance the integrity of the data system
  • Removing inefficiencies and inconsistencies with public sector data use and sharing


  • Dr Philip Gould, Assistant Secretary, Office of the National Data Commissioner, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The NSW Government is continuing its journey to improve the customer experience for the people and businesses of NSW. We are focusing on service and digital transformation to dramatically and measurably improve customer experience with all government services and support and future proof better service delivery over time. Sharing data safely, across agencies and with industry, researchers and Non-Government Organisations, is essential for enabling this innovation. This session will provide a wholistic picture of the all of government data program in NSW, including:

  • Open data, spatial data, the Data Analytics Centre and Behavioural Insights and their interaction to support policy, service delivery and service analytics.
  • The policy, practice and platforms we are delivering and enhancing to support data sharing, use and re-use.
  • Our agile and human-centred approach to designing these components
  • How we are unlocking the potential of data for better social and economic outcomes

Matthew Roberts, Director For Analytics, Nsw Department Of Customer Service

  • Highlight data-driven service delivery at ATO and the need for AI for different services
  • Review current practice and potential for future
  • Assess the rising imperative to improve service delivery informed by experiential data and experiences, and assess computational intelligence approaches to derive insights, intelligence from data and how they would drive improved service delivery
  • How can AI improve data-driven decision making contextualized for domain-specific applications?
  • What tools can we utilize when dealing with large volume, variety and velocity of data?
  • How can we adapt our existing AI capabilities and acquire new for enhancing outcomes and quality service delivery?

Dr Nandita Sharma, Director, Artificial Intelligence and Automation, ATO

The vast majority of data/information governance initiatives fail at the first attempt:

  • What are the implementation challenges and failure themes?
  • How do we overcome the challenges?
  • How do we establish a framework to meet or exceed security and privacy obligations and ethical expectations?
  • How do we ensure the data is fit for purpose and enables value creation and delivery?
  • What are the dependencies between privacy, security and data quality and why are they important?

Craig Barron, Data Governance Lead, Griffith University

  • Assessing data literacy – Who’s responsible for data and why is it important to take ownership?
  • Enhancing data sharing and transparency through collaborative intra-departmental efforts
  • Endorsing efforts managing large quantities of data to bridge the gap between intra-departmental data hurdles
  • Data Culture- how to implement change
  • Reviewing a whole department approach for enhanced consistency

Tim Beard, Data Strategy, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Assessing the power of transformation and change to enhance data capabilities
  • Is there resistance to the use of big data?
  • Do we need to encourage a change in mindset?
  • How can we convince users to embrace data management to enhance its value?

Sonia Irwin, Director – Change Capability, Redgrass Communications

  • Assessing data delivery capabilities
  • Reviewing the nuts and bolts of data curation, hosting large data sets and managing data with large-scale data sets
  • How do we ensure the quantity of data we have is of quality and what can we do to improve the future of data transformation?

Professor Sean Smith, Director, National Computing Infrastructure, Australia National University

  • The promises and expected benefits of Open Data
  • A stock take – has Open Data lived up to its expectations?If not – what is holding it back?
  • The key stakeholder groups needed for ongoing and lasting impact
  • How data hacking / building events can be used drive innovation, improve data literacy, engage users, and improve your own data.
  • What do data hacking / building events look like around the world?

Julian Singh, Managing Director, Open Data Connect,National Board Member, GovHack Australia

The Government has stated that introduction of the CDR will start in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors.New arrangements for authorized data sharing and release will provide efficient, scalable and risk‑based trusted data access to datasets that have substantial and community-wide benefits for research, innovation and policy. This panel debate will:

  • Examine the privacy impact
  • Assess the data standards being set out
  • Review the use of big data to support strategic policy development

Panel Chair:
Julian Singh, Managing Director, Open Data Connect, And National Board Member, Govhack Australia
Panel members:
Christine Johnston, Director, Information Governance, National Archives of Australia
Craig Barron, Data Governance Lead, Griffith University
Jamie Leach, Ceo, Open Data Australia

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