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Data Management and Security for Government 2019

We believe that when you unlock the full potential of data, you create a more effective Australian Public Service.

Your role is vital to improving policy and service delivery, making evidence-based decisions and strengthening our digital economy.

You can only achieve this if the data capabilities of your entire organisation are strong, standardised and resilient to privacy breaches.

That’s why we’ve created Data Management and Security for Government 2019. So you can hear from Australia’s data experts to develop concreate strategies that will improve data effectiveness.

Data Management and Security for Government 2019 is a platform to overcome the challenges of effective data use, manage privacy fears and build public trust. Interactive case studies from Australian leaders will give you the tools to implement a data policy framework, share data between government agencies and prevent privacy breaches.

Data is the government’s greatest asset - make the most it.

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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 threeinformation-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

Get Ready To Be Inspired!

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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


Renato Iannella

Data Architecture Manager

Queensland Health


Lisa Cornish

Data Scientist



Media Partner



DAMA Australia

Association Partner


  • Pre-Conference Workshop – 26th February 2019

    8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    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.

    12:30 pm: Lunch

    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


    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 to build public and stakeholder trust
    • 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 to inform data protocols
    • 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

    AI and Machine Learning

    11:00am: Harnessing intelligence tools for future insights and informed decision making

    • Forecasting problems with Big Data to optimise organisational decision making
    • Building human-machine trust to embrace AI in data management
    • Gaining organisational buy-in for AI use to drive improved decision making

    Fang Chen, Group Leader, Data61

    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

    Data Management

    1:40pm:  Case Study: Driving Data Governance through transparency and an effective Data Platform

    • How do you ensure data is being used and accessed appropriately throughout your organisation?
    • Driving transparency in data use by developing strong data controls and frameworks
    • Communicating responsible data stewardship for quality sensitive information

    Renato Iannella, Data Architecture Manager, Queensland Health

    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
    • Informing data-driven transformation to design for data security and privacy protection

    Adrian Bugg, Assistant Commissioner IT, Department of Health

    3:20 Afternoon Tea

    3:40pm: 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?

    Kayelle Drinkwater, General Manager, Data Management and Analytics Taskforce, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    4:30 pm

    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 Integrating information into your department for improved decision-making

    • How do you ensure you are collecting the right information?
    • How Consumer Affairs Victoria is using an intelligence-led approach to improving and reforming regulation
    • Ensuring consistent and usable data to enhance decision making

    Travis Cunningham, General Manager, Information and Analysis, Consumer Affairs Victoria

    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

    10:40pm 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 publishing data?

    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 and the benefits of this on policy
    • 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: Government and industry collaborating to deliver ICT solutions

    • Mitigating the risks of outsourcing through effective governance controls
    • Implementing secure solutions always
    • Using a risk-based approach to project management

    Rochelle Thorne, Executive Director Technology, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission


    Networking Discussion: Join peers to discuss the following topics

    • Transforming perspectives on secure information through engaging senior leaders
    • Modernising data infrastructure to diversify and future-proof capabilities
    • Overcoming privacy risks through data governance

    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 risks
    • Achieving end-to-end security in data use and management for improved trust of government data use

    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


    Close of conference


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