Department of Health Open Data Strategy
Government agencies create, collect, process, preserve, maintain and disseminate a range of data for business purposes. The Australian Government is committed to providing open access to government data in order to foster widespread use of relevant, appropriate and reliable public sector information. This concept of Open Data has also been embraced internationally and by a number of jurisdictions within Australia, including Western Australia. The trend to proactively release data promotes open, transparent and accountable government, whilst enhancing the economic and social value of public sector information.
The Western Australian Government has declared support for the key goals of Open Data through the Western Australian Whole of Government Open Data Policy. The policy provides clear direction for the implementation of the Government’s commitment to making data open by default. To support application of the policy, agencies are encouraged to develop their own Open Data policy, giving consideration to processes pertaining to the collection, release and monitoring of data.
The Department of Health Open Data Strategy (Strategy) outlines a plan of action for the Department to meet the Western Australian Government’s commitment to Open Data and recommendation for agency-level policy. The Strategy outlines the Department’s approach to evaluating data for release, with all data classified as ‘Public’ considered to be in scope (refer to Information Classification Policy OD 0537/14). The Strategy also considers the Open Data policy principles that apply to the Department and outlines actions to achieve policy objectives.
The Strategy applies to the Department of Health only and as such does not include Health Services.
Dr David Russell-Weisz
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA