Privacy and data reforms

The CPSU/CSA will be making a submission on the proposed introduction of laws granting the public sector access to safe information sharing.

The union recognises that members treat the safeguarding and protection of client and private data very seriously, which is why it’s so important union members have a say in how new protections operate.

If suitable protections can be put in place, the benefits to public sector workers could be significant.

A whole-of-government approach to data could create a range of opportunities for the public service to design policy and programmes better, evaluate operations more effectively and even reduce workload.

But any new system would need to be realistic when it comes to expectations for public sector workers and new responsibilities in safeguarding data.

The CPSU/CSA is particularly interested in the following reform themes:

  • Updates to existing laws and regulations which currently limit the public sector’s efficiency
  • Acceptable data sharing with external organisations, including researchers and service providers
  • Public sector benefits from data sharing reform
  • Potential benefits from establishing an office of a WA Information Commissioner & a WA Chief Data Officer.

To read the WA Government’s consultation focus queries, head to their website.

To share your views or get involved in the submission, email Campaign & Community Organiser Andrei Buters on [email protected] by 23 September.

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