2024 Forum
Annual DataGov 2024 FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT DATA: Transforming Data Management, Data Sharing, Privacy & Security 2024 Hybrid
29th-30th April 2024, Canberra Rex Hotel
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About The Event

The Australian Government faces a complex landscape of data management, sharing, risk, and privacy challenges in the digital age. As data becomes an increasingly valuable asset, these issues have come to the forefront of policy and governance discussions:

 

  • Data Management: Managing vast and diverse datasets efficiently is a substantial challenge. The government must ensure data accuracy, security, and accessibility while also harnessing its potential for evidence-based decision-making.
  • Data Sharing: Balancing the need for data sharing to enhance public services and policymaking with privacy concerns and data protection regulations poses a delicate challenge. Striking the right balance between open data and safeguarding sensitive information is an ongoing priority.
  • Cybersecurity and Risk Management: Protecting government data from cyber threats and
    breaches is paramount. The government must continuously invest in robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard sensitive information from malicious actors.
  • Privacy Concerns: As digital interactions multiply, concerns about individual privacy grow. The government must navigate evolving privacy regulations, ensuring that data collection, storage, and usage are in compliance with Australia’s privacy laws while preserving citizens’ rights.
  • Data Ethics: Ethical considerations in data collection, AI and machine learning algorithms, and decision-making processes have gained prominence. The government faces the challenge of developing ethical guidelines for responsible data use.
  • Emerging Technologies: Rapid advancements in technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things introduce new complexities in data management, requiring the government to adapt its policies and regulations accordingly.
  • Data Sovereignty: Determining where government data should be stored and who can access it is a critical issue, especially in the context of cloud services and international data hosting providers.
  • Data Literacy: Promoting data literacy across government agencies is essential to harness the full potential of data. Ensuring that employees can interpret and use data effectively remains a challenge.
  • Interoperability: Achieving seamless data exchange between government departments and
    agencies with different systems and databases is an ongoing challenge, but it’s vital for efficient governance.

These challenges underscore the need for a holistic approach to data management, one that combines robust cybersecurity measures, ethical considerations, and compliance with evolving
privacy laws. Additionally, fostering a culture of data responsibility and transparency is crucial to building public trust while leveraging the power of data for the benefit of all Australians.

“Learn more about developing & establishing a framework for personal data
collection, sharing, data privacy & Security”
“This conference will be held under Chatham House Rule”

DataGov 2024 Speakers
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Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government and Industry Professor, UTS
Deputy Commissioner, Head of Smarter Program, ATO
Chief Data Officer, Centre of Data Excellence (CODE), IP Australia
Chief Data & Analytics Officer, ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission)
Manager Data and Analysis Asset Management, State Roads, Department of State Growth
Director, National Computing Infrastructure
Director Enterprise Data Strategy & Governance, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Director, Centre for Sustainable AI
Director - Analytics and Data Management, KPMG
Principal & Founder, Data Analytics
Executive Director, Raedan Exchange
Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Department of Defence
Assistant Commissioner, Enterprise Data & Analytics, ATO
Director, Analytics & Data Management, KPMG
Chief Data Officer, Data Analytics Branch, Department of Education, Skills, and Employment
A/Manager Remote Communities Policy, Department of Communities WA
Data and Analytics Architect, Consultant
Senior Director ATO
Digital Identity, Digital Economist Expert, Regional Director, FDATA A&NZ
Senior Director, Data Science Branch, Australian Federal Government
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DATA GOVERNANCE

9.00 CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS

The Importance of data governance and privacy in a rapidly evolving digital world

IAN OPPERMAN
Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government and Industry Professor, UTS

Protecting government data is essential for maintaining national security, public safety, privacy, and economic stability
in Australia. Any breach of government data can have severe consequences and must be prevented through robust security measures and strict access controls.

This session will address:
• The importance of protecting data that is vital to maintaining citizens’ privacy rights
• The process of procuring a data gov tool explained!
• Effective prototyping and the lessons learned in the process
• Use case example of implementing data privacy and 101 guidance

ALICJA MOSBAUER
Chief Data Officer, Centre of Data Excellence (CODE), IP Australia

10.30 MORNING TEA

This session format consists of two parts. The first 30 minutes will be a presentation followed by an open floor round table
discussion under Chatham House Rule.

• Fleshing out a road map for your data
assets - assessing the strategic steps
to assess, align and action your data
potential
• Embedding comprehensive data governance
• IT is not the solution, it’s the problem.
Let’s stop replacing people and augment them

JEFFREY POPOVA-CLARK
Principal & Founder, Data Analytics

• Let’s start by asking the right questions to bridge the gap and unlock the data potential issues
• 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?
• How can we unlock the power of human-centered AI and also audit the human element in automation?

FRANCINE HOO
Director - Analytics and Data Management, KPMG

DR NICOLA STONE
Director, Analytics & Data Management, KPMG

13.00 NETWORKING LUNCH

• Assessing your data governance approach – the three pillars; People, Process, and Technology
• Assessing dysfunction v functionality of governance unravelled
• Assessing strategies to improve governance and collaborative intra-departmental efforts and data hurdles

DAVID DEACON
Manager Data and Analysis, Asset
Management, State Roads, Department of State Growth

• There are data-challenges with Government policy decision-making in the age of rapidly emerging technologies.
• Current focus for sound decision-making is on trying to access complex data-sets to gain a deep understanding of all the underlying technologies and their complex value and supply chains. However, this deep level of understanding is unachievable given the rapid rate of change.
• This presentation proposes research-based data-driven benefits-oriented governance and evaluation frameworks for
current and emerging technologies to aid Government decision-making.
• The presentation also discusses several interplaying concepts such as technology stacks, systems, data growth
and domains, cyber vulnerabilities and resilience, cognitive continuum, technology governance, and benefits.

AMIT GHILDYAL
Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Department of Defence

14.40 Afternoon Tea

BIG DATA

• Assessing the convergence of AI and how it will impact our future
• Reviewing the risk and governance of the metaverse
• Discussing compliance, regulation and tracking of data
• Discussing the metaverse from a data expose and privacy perspective
• What is the impact on psychology and well-being?

DR MAHENDRA SAMARAWICKRAMA
Director, Centre for Sustainable AI

16.00 AFTERNOON TEA

This session will be a 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minute fireside chat and 10-minute audience Q&A.
• Assessing data delivery capabilities
• Reviewing the nuts and bolts of data curation, hosting large
data sets and managing data
• 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

DATA SOVEREIGNTY
• What underpins the ability to increase informed decision making within aboriginal communities?
• What transformation journey support can be given to provide communities with the competencies and capabilities to take data ownership?
• Review the power data has on the delivery of services to communities.
• Assessing the ongoing challenges in data sovereignty and integrity to bridge the gap across agencies

KATE MCGILVARY
A/Manager Remote Communities Policy, Department of Communities WA

8:20 DELEGATE REGISTRATION & COFFEE

DATA SHARING & TRANSFORMATION

9.00 CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS

• Earning and sustaining trust in Public Sector data sharing and access
• Examine the privacy impact
• Assess the data standards being set out
• Reviewing the use of big data to support strategic policy development
• Improving data quality and visibility

MAREK RUCINSKI
Deputy Commissioner, Head of Smarter Program, ATO

• Taking people working on legacy capability to being data-driven
• Understanding the intersection of modern data and analytics capability
• Discussing the impact of digital on the internal culture

FAWAD ABRO
Assistant Commissioner, Enterprise Data & Analytics, ATO

BRONWYN RYAN
Senior Director, ATO

• How we have improved our approach to data sharing and management
• Examples of the data sharing framework and policy that have been developed and what steps have been taken to enhance data availability and transparency
• What strategies are being implemented to enhance data capability
• Optimising the safe sharing and release of data and the protocol around this

DR SUSIE KLUTH
Chief Data Officer, Data Analytics Branch, Department of Education, Skills, and Employment

11.10 MORNING TEA

• How do we use AI safely and responsibly?
• What governance needs to be in place?
• Data privacy and protection – what’s the role this plays?
• How can AI improve data-driven decision making?
• 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 capabilities for enhancing outcomes?
• Touching on implementing guardrails for Chat GPT and its potential for the future

DARSHIL MEHTA
Chief Data & Analytics Officer, ASIC
(Australian Securities and Investments Commission)

• Data collection – where do we start?
• How do we manage the quantity of data we have effectively?
• How can we improve data quality and ecosystem performance to enhance delivery outcomes?
• Defining the importance of data integrity and how it can be achieved with current processes?

OLGA LYSENKO
Director Enterprise Data Strategy & Governance, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

13.00 NETWORKING LUNCH

• Discussing the promise of AI
• Reviewing successes and failures – what are the key learnings?
• How can we embed innovation into the APS and break silos

SFC: Rohan Samaraweera
Senior Director, Data Science Branch, Australian Federal Government

• Assessing the pitfalls when it comes to extracting the value from data
• Steps to create value and increase productivity when it comes to data collection, management, extraction and
analysis
• How can we create consistency in the data management profession?
• The buzzword that is AI – what does it mean to you and what are you objectively going to do with it?

ANDREW SMAILES
Executive Director, Raedan Exchange

This session will be split into three parts: 1) Contextualisation in presentation format 2) Group exercise 3) Open Discussion. Each part will be 2 minutes in length.

• Context: Adhering to informed consent, creating citizen trust, and respecting privacy rights
• Group flip chart activity: Brainstorming session on reviewing failure and opportunity through informed consent models and government processes
• Inviting open discussion: Addressing the fundamentals;
legislative, data literacy, freedom of information, privacy

ANDREW FORD
Data and Analytics Architect, Consultant

Chair’s closing remarks for day two

Afternoon Tea & Networking

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