Inquiry into Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and Data

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On 27 February 2008 the Committee received the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and Data from the Legislative Assembly. The Terms of Reference required the Committee to examine a range of issues surrounding the application of open content and open source licensing to improve access to Victorian government information and data.

The Committee tabled the Final report of the Inquiry in the Parliament of Victoria on 24 June 2009.  Copies of the report can also be requested from the Committee secretariat. The  Government Response (PDF 177.40 Kb) was tabled in Parliament on 2 February 2010.


During the course of this Inquiry the Committee announced its call for submissions and released a discussion paper. A number of submissions were received, and are available for download from the submissions page. Public Hearings commenced on 12 August 2008 and were completed 27 November 2008. Transcripts from hearings are available on the Public Hearings page.

The Committee secretariat can be contacted for further information on the Committee's role and activities.

Report

Final report and government response

The Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee tabled the final report for the Inquiry on 24 June 2009. The final report and media release can be downloaded below. For hard copies of the report, contact the committee staff.

Final Report

pdf Report (PDF, 842.24 Kb)

Media Release

doc PSI inquiry media release (DOC, 136.00 Kb) 


Government Response

The goverment response to the report can be downloaded below.

pdf Government response (PDF, 177.40 Kb) 




 

Submissions

Section 28(8) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 provides for any person to make a written submission to the Committee.

Submissions received by the Committee during the course of this Inquiry are provided below. Alternative format documents for people with vision impairment may also be provided upon request from the Committee secretariat at edic@parliament.vic.gov.au.

Submission Organisation
PDF
1
Mr Benjamin Spry
2
Moyne Shire Council
3
Chiropractors Registration Board of Victoria
4
Pharmacy Board of Victoria
5
Transformation Systems
6
Southern Cross Station Authority
7
White SW Computer Law
8
Fisheries Co-Management Council
9
Scientific Writing & Consulting
10
Victorian Catchment Management Council
11
Baw Baw Shire Council
12
Mornington Peninsula Shire
13
Disability Services Commissioner
14
Legal Services Board
15
Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission
16
Banyule City Council
17
Bureau of Meteorology
18
Latrobe City Council
19
Boroondara City Council
20
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
21
Centre for Adult Education
22
Adult Multicultural Education Services
23
Sustainability Victoria
24
Office of Spatial Data Management
25
Victorian Council for Civil Liberties
26
City of Melbourne
27
City of Greater Dandenong
28
Victorian Auditor-General’s office
29
Ombudsman Victoria
30
Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board
31
City of Greater Geelong
32
Shire of Campaspe
33
Open Source Geospatial Foundation Australia-New Zealand Chapter
34
University of Melbourne
35
Health Services Commissioner
36
Deakin University
37
Victorian Council of Social Service
38
QUT Law Faculty
39
RP Data Limited
40
Wellington Shire Council
41
Victorian Spatial Council
42
County Court, Victoria
43
Ms Carole Czermak
44
PILCH Victoria
45
Privacy Victoria
46
Microsoft
47
Office of Knowledge Capital
48
Mr John Kennedy
49
La Trobe University
50
Red Hat Asia Pacific
51
Mandriva Australia
52
Australian Publishers Association
53
Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)
54
Google
55
State Services Authority
56
Strathbogie Shire Council
57
Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia
58
Vic Roads
59
The Cancer Council Victoria
60
Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria
61
Residential Tenancies Bond Authority
62
Transport Accident Commission
63
Australian Bureau of Statistics
64
Victorian Disability Advisory Council
65
Victorian Grants Commission
66
National Health and Medical Research Council
67
Wikimedia Australia
68
Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
69
Monash University
70
Creative Contingencies
71
Vision Australia
72
Open Source Industry Australia Limited
73
Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software
74

Waugh Partners

75
Sentencing Advisory Council
76
IP Australia
77
Worksafe Victoria
78
Australian Spatial Information Business Association (ASIBA)
79
CSIRO
80
Victorian Government

Public Hearings and Transcripts

Public hearings commenced from August 2008. Transcripts of proceedings will be available on this page approximately four weeks after each public hearing has been held. No more public hearings will take place for this Inquiry.

BRISBANE Tuesday 12 August 2008

Witness/es Organisation Transcript (PDF)
Professor Tom Cochrane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support)

Professor Brian Fitzgerald,
Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation
Queensland University of Technology

Dr Anne Fitzgerald,
Adjunct Professor, School of Law

 

Queensland University of Technology
Dr Peter Crossman, Assistant Under Treasurer and Government Statistician

Mr Tim Barker, Assistant Government Statistician

Mr Neale Hooper, Principal Project Manager

Office of Economic and Statistical Research, Queensland Treasury

Ms Kimberlee Weatherall, Senior Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law

 

University of Queensland

CANBERRA Wednesday 13 August 2008

Witness/es Organisation Transcript (PDF)

Mr Abhisek Chatterjee, Manager, Ozlabs

Mr Paul Russell, Computer Programmer

IBM Linux Technology Centre
Mr Patrick Callioni, Division Manager/First Assistant Secretary Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)

Mr David Hocking, CEO


Mr Graeme Martin, Victorian Chapter

Australian Spatial Industry Business Association

Professor Richard Jefferson, Chief Executive Officer

 

CAMBIA
Ben Searle, Manager, Office of Spatial Data Management Geoscience Australia

MELBOURNE Monday 8 September 2008

Witness/es Organisation Transcript (PDF)

Ms Linda O’Brien, Vice-Principal Information & CIO

 

The University of Melbourne

Dr Louise Minty, Assistant Director (Water Analysis And Reporting), Water Division

 

Bureau of Meteorology

Mr Carl Obst, Regional Director, Victoria

 

Australian Bureau of Statistics

MELBOURNE Tuesday 30 September 2008

Witness/es Organisation Transcript (PDF)

Simon Edwards, Manager Government and Industry Affairs

 

Microsoft
Michael Pearce SC, Vice President

Liberty Victoria

 

Carolyn Dalton, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs

Alan Noble, Head of Engineering

Google Australia

Mr John Wilbanks, Vice President, Science Commons

 

Science Commons, Creative Commons

Dr Terry Cutler, Principal

 

Cutler & Company

MELBOURNE Monday 27 October 2008

Witness/es Organisation Transcript (PDF)

Mr Alan Smart, Senior Consultant and Marketing Director

 

ACIL Tasman

Professor John Rosenberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Ms Anne Horn, University Librarian

Deakin University

 

Mr O. Hedberg, AM, Independent Chair

Associate Professor A. Rajabifard, Director, Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, Department of Geomatics

Victorian Spatial Council

Melbourne University

MELBOURNE Thursday 27 November 2008

Witness/es Organisation Transcript (PDF)

Mr Max McLaren, Managing Director

Mr Paul Took, Account Executive

Red Hat Asia-Pacific
Mr David Groenewegen, Deputy Director, Australian National Data Service

Monash University

 

Ms Yvonne Thompson, Manager, Strategic Data Development

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA)

Discussion Paper

This discussion paper provides a general overview of some of the major issues pertaining to the Inquiry and can be downloaded in pdf format below (669 kb). The discussion paper was prepared by the Committee to stimulate discussion and to assist interested individuals and organisations to make written submissions to the Committee’s Inquiry. Submissions have now been received by the Committee and can be viewed on the submissions page.

The discussion paper does not exhaust all topics of potential relevance to this Inquiry. The Committee considered a range of issues raised in submissions and public hearings, as well as through on-going research, when preparing its final report for the Inquiry.

A Word version of the discussion paper for people with vision impairment is also available upon request from the Committee secretariat at edic@parliament.vic.gov.au

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