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Data Management and Security for Government 2019

As data becomes more widely used across the public sector, data offers the ability to grow the digital economy, improve service delivery, inform decision making and enhance the effectiveness of government. However, the increasing use of data draws attention the need to invest in data management capabilities and ensure data remains secure. The Data Management and Security Summit will bring together federal, state and local government departments and agencies to discuss how to develop strategies for data management and security. Delegates will learn how to build data governance frameworks, invest in data infrastructure, share data between government agencies and ensure privacy.

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  26 - 01 March 2019
Novotel Canberra


We have brought together federal, state and local government departments and agencies to discuss best practice data management and security.


Over two information-packed days you will hear case studies from Australia’s leading federal, state and local government departments and agencies.


Interactive sessions designed to give you the skills you need to become a data-driven organisation.


Novotel, Canberra


  • Future proof your data infrastructure to enhance data capabilities
  • Facilitate government-wide decision making through interdepartmental data sharing
  • Drive Open Data initiatives by mitigating the fear of data breaches
  • Build and maintain public trust through secure storage of data
  • Develop strong Data Governance to facilitate access to high-quality real time data

Who should attend this conference

100%Chief Data Officers/Scientists

99%Chief Information Officers

98%Data Officers

98%Data Architects

95%Chief Information Security Officers

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Key Speakers


Phillip Gould

Assistant Secretary

Office of the National Data Commissioner


Adrian Bugg

Assistant Secretary, IT

Department of Health


Kayelle Drinkwater

General Manager, Data Management and Analytics Taskforce

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


Neil McIvor

Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician

Department of Education UK


Anthony Kitzelmann

Chief Information Security Officer

Australian Digital Health Agency


Paul Kerr

Director of Project and Programs

Department of Health


Tyson Fawcett

Director, Data Management, Smarter Data

Australian Taxation Office


Fang Chen

Group leader

Data 61


Peter Worthington-Eyre

Chief Data Officer, Executive Director, Office for Data Analytics

Department of Premier and Cabinet South Australia


Lisa Cornish

Data Scientist



Media Partner



DAMA Australia

Association Partner


  • Pre-Conference Workshop – 26th February 2019

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    Reforming data use to drive innovation in policy making and service delivery

    Public sector data opportunities help strengthen the evidence-based for policy development, improve citizen-centric services and increase public sector efficiency. This intensive workshop will provide delegates with the tools to build data insights into organisational functions, policy making and service delivery. Learn how to interact with different data sources, implement whole-of-organisation data capabilities, overcome privacy concerns and promote data accessibility.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Make data a corporate asset by building organisational-wide data and analytics capability
    • Overcome privacy concerns to maximise value of data analysis
    • Measure the effectiveness of your policies and programs through enhanced analytics capabilities
    • Building government and private partnerships to drive data sharing and linkage

    9:00 am Morning Sessions:

    Cultivating the environment for enhanced data capabilities in your organisation

    • Gaining buy-in for data as a corporate asset
    • Understanding and enriching your data resources
    • Develop data champions throughout your organisation through recruiting and training

    De-identifying data to overcome risks of privacy breaches

    • Standardising de-identification protocols to ensure data reveal identities
    • Streamlining access to individual data while maintaining privacy to extract value from data
    • Ensuring data is not being on-shared through secure domains

    12:30pm lunch

    1:30 pm Afternoon Sessions

    Using data insights to improve evidence-based policy and decision making

    • Evaluating the success of policies and programs through data insights
    • Improving decision making through data linkage

    Developing strategies and frameworks to publish data

    • Implement data policy frameworks to ensure secure sharing of data
    • Building partnerships with private sector to increase the value of public sector data
    • Drive data-driven policy research by working with academia
    • Establishing trusted-access model to facilitate sharing with researchers for improved policy design

    Lisa Cornish, Data Scientist

  • Day One – Speaker Sessions - 27th February 2019

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:40: Opening remarks from the chair:

    Data Governance

    9:00 am: National Data Commissioner update: Driving greater use of data while building trust

    • Promoting greater use of data and co-operation throughout multiple agencies
    • Incorporating ethical data use throughout your department
    • How is government data usage evolving?

    Phillip Gould, Assistant Secretary, Office of the National Data Commissioner

    9:50 am: Establishing leading practice around data: protocols and frameworks for safer data use

    • Understanding the legal, regulatory and governance environment your organisation operates in
    • Managing Data as a corporate asset
    • Developing frameworks for data sharing to encourage exchange of information

    Tyson Fawcett, Director, Data Management, Smarter Data, Australian Taxation Office

    10:40am Morning Tea

    11:00am: Panel Discussion: Engaging the public and stakeholders in your data collecting journey

    • How do you communicate the importance of data collection?
    • How can you onboard the public to actively participate in data collection?
    • How do you overcome negative perceptions and fear of data sharing?

    Ric Clarke, Director Emerging Data and Methods, Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Pending: Data 61

    AI and Machine Learning

    11:50 am: Leveraging AI to drive efficiencies in Data management

    • Building the foundations for effective use of AI to ensure seamless integration
    • Achieving comprehensive analytics through automated processes
    • Effectively employing intelligent automation to improve decision making
    • Extracting meta data through machine learning

    Ric Clarke, Director Emerging Data and Methods, Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Lunch 12:40pm

    1:40pm:  Case Study: Detecting Complex Financial Crimes Using Confidential Computing

    • Using Privacy-Preserving Data Matching and Homomorphic Encryption to detect, deter and disrupt financial crime
    • Distributed Machine Learning for Privacy-Preserving risk modelling

     Alex Antic, Principal Data Scientist, AUSTRAC

    Data Management

    2:30pm: Risk and opportunities for data-driven transformation with Big data and analytics

    • Embedding risk based approaches for successful program delivery
    • Realising opportunities for data driven digital transformation
    • Designing for data security and privacy protection

    Adrian Bugg, Assistant Secretary IT, Department of Health 

    3:20 Afternoon Tea

    3:40pm: Modernising data infrastructure to diversify and future-proof capabilities

    • Building whole of department data capabilities to capitalise on data
    • Integrating whole-of-department data and analytics capabilities for enhanced policy making and public administration
    • Becoming agile and responsive to new technologies by future-proofing your data infrastructure

    Niamh Toohey, A/Executive Director GovNext-ICT, Office of the Digital Government WA

    4:30 pm: Extracting valuable information from high volumes of data

    • Strategies for managing high volumes of data
    • Driving data literacy throughout your workforce
    • Ensuring the integrity of data collection by defining systems of record
    • Obtaining data to drive innovation in policy making and service delivery
    • How can we anonymise data privacy as data becomes more complex?

    Angkana Whiley, A/General Manager, Data Management and Analytics Taskforce, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    End of day one

  • Day Two – Speaker Sessions - 28th February 2019

    8:30am Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:50am Opening remarks from chair:

    Future of Data

    9:00 am: Opening Keynote: Data61: Predicating the future of the data landscape

    • Implementing agile processes to prepare for future data developments
    • Identifying what will become future high value data value sets
    • Prioritising data as a core function of your department
    • Promoting innovation in public administration by integrated data throughout your organisation

    Speaker tbc, Data 61

    Data Sharing

    9:50am: Building collaborative inter-department relations to facilitate data sharing

    • Ensuring security when sharing data between government departments
    • Enriching your data by accessing the data resources of other agencies
    • Maximising the value of existing data through data-integration schemes

    Peter Worthington-Eyre, Chief Data Officer, Executive Director, Office for Data Analytics, Department of Premier and Cabinet

    10:40am Morning Tea

    11am: Panel Discussion: Fostering a digital economy through open data

    • How can we maximize opportunities for data sharing between public and private sector?
    • How can we develop frameworks to protect information when releasing public sector data?
    • How do you mitigate the risks that arise from open data?
    • How do you create a culture for data sharing across department and public?

    Peter Worthington-Eyre, Chief Data Officer, Executive Director, Office for Data Analytics, Department of Premier and Cabinet

    Paul Kerr, Director of Project and Programs, Department of Health

    Neil McIvor, Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician, Department of Education UK

    11:50 am: Case Study: Creating the culture for inter-department collaboration through data-linkage

    • How the Department of Education UK is beginning to measure intergenerational social mobility through data linkage
    • Tracking citizen’s journeys across your department and external departments to improve whole-of-government decision making
    • Developing governance frameworks to support data sharing while maintaining privacy
    • Striking the balance between usability and protection when anonymizing data

    Neil McIvor, Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician, Department of Education UK

    Lunch: 12:40pm

    Cyber Security

    1:40 pm: What to do when things go wrong

    • Understanding reporting requirements to the Data Breach Notification Scheme
    • Quickly identifying data breaches to minimise the damage to individual’s privacies
    • Effectively responding to breaches through transparent communication with stakeholders
    • How can you strengthen practices from breaches?

    Sponsored Session

    2:30pm: Transforming perspectives on secure information through engaging senior leaders

    • How the New Zealand defence force uses data management techniques to ensure national security
    • Changing perceptions on the security of cloud information
    • Communicating the security of data to senior leaders to gain buy-in for data practices
    • Utilising NZ GCIO legislated requirements

    Annette Cooper, Data and Analytics Lead, New Zealand Defence Force

    3:20 pm Afternoon Tea

    3:40 pm: Identifying cyber security risks in systems to prevent data breaches

    • Ensuring secure use of data by communicating risks throughout the organisation
    • Harnessing machine learning to manage and monitor your systems for potential breaches
    • Strengthening weaknesses in your system to increase resilience against tasks
    • Achieving end-to-end security in data use and management

    Anthony Kitzelmann, CISO, Australian Digital Health Agency

    4:30 pm: How the Transport Accident Commission is driving data governance

    Bernie Kruger, Business intelligence and data science lead, Transport Accident Commission (Pending)


    Close of conference

  • Post-Conference Workshops – 1st March 2019


    8:30am Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:50am Opening remarks from chair:

    9:00 am: Workshop A

    Harmonising data structure across the organisation to future-proof your data strategies

    As technology and data needs change quickly and in unpredictable ways, a strong, standardised data structure can help your department to remain agile and responsive to change. This interactive, half-day workshop will examine how you can build a centralised data management structure for your department. Learn how to develop a cohesive data governance strategy and achieve unified pictures of individuals across data collections.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Facilitate data integration between systems to drive agility when adopting new technologies
    • Standardising data governance to streamline data practices across the department
    • Harmonising data standards for new collections to achieve a single record of service
    • Break down silos in your department to drive holistic data strategies

    Neil McIvor, Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician, Department of Education UK

    Neil McIvor became the Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician at the UK Government’s Department for Education in October 2017. Since 2004 Neil worked for the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2004, where his first role was to build a billion record pseudoanonymised individual level database, linking benefit and employment spells for all UK adults that had been on welfare benefits at some point since 1998. This Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study became the backbone for social analysis of welfare and employment in the 2000’s and 2010’s.

    Neil also spent some time as lead analyst on disability employment issues, before becoming policy lead for specialist disability employment, and disability benefits, before becoming the DWP’s Deputy Head of Profession for Statistics, and later their temporary Chief Data Officer, before moving briefly to the UK Office for National Statistics to run Business Data Operations, and Student Migration statistics, before moving to his current role.

    1:30 pm: Workshop B

    Driving Open Data initiatives by establishing frameworks for publishing data

    Despite the push for the public sector to release data, 75% of datasets come from only four organisations. In this intensive, hands-on workshop, delegates will explore the challenges and opportunities that open data poses. Learn how to effectively de-identify data, build secure data sharing spaces and overcomes privacy fears.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Respond to requests for datasets from the private sector
    • Overcome privacy fears by developing strategies to aggregate data
    • Develop clear levels of access by responding to data sensitivity
    • Establishing trusted-access model to facilitate sharing with researchers for improved policy design
    • Ensuring data is not being on-shared through secure domains


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