People create data touch points every day. We search the internet, catch up with friends on social media, shop online, catch public transport and, increasingly, undertake more complex and personal interactions with the health sector and social services.
Up to a century ago mining and resource companies dominated as the world’s most valuable brands. In 2019 the four largest companies by market value were technology companies – Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet (owns Google), and they trade in data. The ability to store and analyse vast quantities of data leads to our increasing ability to produce new insights and business opportunities.
Better use of data can enable government to perform its functions more efficiently and effectively - to differentiate needs, to understand the impact of its interventions, to prioritise where it spends resources and to build feedback loops to enable continuous adaptation.
ACT Government seeks to improve the wellbeing of our people so we can all reach our full potential. Public services such as schools, hospitals, transport, child protection and policing have the ability to further improve outcomes for our community and transform lives. This is particularly important for people with diverse and complex needs, and for those suffering any form of disadvantage. To do this, government services are dependent on having all the relevant information to support better planning, strong decision making and effective service provision.
ACT Government is committed to improving information and data sharing within government and with our strategic partners. Central to this is continuing to safeguard the security and privacy of the personal information we collect. As we move forward discovering new uses for our data, we need to decide how to strike the best balance between the opportunities that present themselves, and the risks.