As the primary producers of research for public benefit, universities are one of the key stakeholders in Australia’s research system. University researchers are a crucial source of expertise to analyse and extract value from public data and undertake research that has public benefit.
University researchers already make significant use of public sector data and work with data custodians. This has led to a multitude of individual agreements. The potential for a single, overarching agreement would enhance clarity, efficiency and timeliness, as well as consistency in the application of privacy safeguards and is welcomed by UA.