This week in data – July 27th

When it comes to increasing government productivity, data is key. That’s the message ringing ‘loud and clear’ this week after a swathe of government departments announce data-driven initiatives.

What’s the government up to?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued a warning to the growing number of people making a living or supplementing their regular income from the sharing economy. Investing in a team of specialist ‘data doctors’, the ATO will now be using data to track down those cheating the system. Watch out Uber drivers…

Data is also set to have a major impact on the nation’s welfare system. The Federal Government has announced the development of a new data platform designed to run complex data analysis in order target and direct early-intervention programs to Australians at high-risk of welfare dependency.

In other news, the AFR has covered select submissions to the Productivity Commission inquiry on expanded data sharing.  If like us, you’re interested in perspectives on data sharing in Australia, then we’d recommend heading straight to the Productivity Commission site where you can review all submissions on the inquiry to date.

Looking beyond data in government…

TechCrunch explores the increasing role of predictive analytics in cyber-security and the management of data breaches.

Finally, Spotify has launched a new programmatic advertising platform which allows brands to target based on behavioral data from Spotify users. We can’t wait to see the results from Spotify’s new personalized campaign offering.

Today’s the day – 2016 MDM & Data Governance Summit 

The team at Data Republic will be running sessions on the future of data exchange and its impact on governance. If you can’t attend the event, never fear – we’ll keep you up to date on the biggest news from the conference here and on our social media channels.

Happy Wednesday,


Productivity Commission – Data Availability and Use This 12-month public inquiry will investigate ways to improve the availability and use of public and private sector data. Review all submissions