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The NSW Government Data Strategy, which forms Phase 2 of the NSW Data Reform, is now live.

The Strategy, developed by the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC) in close consultation with state and federal government stakeholders and academics, establishes the first whole-of-government approach to managing, using and sharing data and insights.

This ensures that the NSW Government can achieve the best possible outcomes for the people and businesses of NSW.

What is the NSW Data Reform?

The NSW Government is embarking on a three-phase data reform program to uplift capability and advance data services across the sector.

  • Phase 1 focused on embedding the data practices that delivered valuable data and insights during COVID-19. The NSW Data Leadership Group (NDLG), made up of Senior NSW Government executives appointed as Cluster Chief Data Officers (CCDOs), has been established to drive cross-sector collaboration.
  • Phase 2 involved the development of this Strategy.
  • Phase 3 is now underway and includes a statutory review of the Data Sharing (Government Sector) Act.

What is the NSW Government Data Strategy and why is it important?

Using and sharing data allows NSW Government to improve our understanding of our customers, make better decisions, and enhance services, policies and programs.

The NSW Government Data Strategy sets a vision for NSW Government to deliver better outcomes for the community by putting data at the heart of decision-making through a collaborative, coordinated, consistent and safe approach to using and sharing data. The Strategy also ensures that we maintain the highest privacy, security and ethical standards.

The Strategy includes four complementary themes:

Each theme is supported by a set of principles and sector-wide actions.

NSW Government clusters will each develop data roadmaps to support consistent and coordinated implementation of the Strategy across the entire sector.

What happens next?

The NSW Government Data Strategy will be reviewed and updated every 12 months and we'll continue to add new case studies to highlight how the themes are reflected in the work of different NSW Government agencies.


Feedback and questions

If you have any questions about the NSW Government Data Strategy, or feedback or case studies you would like to share, please contact us at