Join Consultation on Researcher Access to Public Sector Data

Share your experience with us in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to help improve the flow of public sector data.
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As part of our Baseline Researcher Access to Public Sector Data project, we’re inviting researchers to join a consultation group in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne in October to share their experience accessing public sector data. 


The ARDC’s Baseline Researcher Access to Public Sector Data project aims to provide a reusable methodology to measure the extent of researcher access to public sector data.

Held by our project partner Lateral Economics, the consultation groups are intended for researchers who seek to use data produced or held by public agencies within federal and state governments. 


  • How easy is it for you to access the public sector data you need? Has this changed over time?
  • How can access be improved?
  • What data sets would you like access to but can’t?
  • What public sector data do you think should exist but doesn’t as far as you’re aware?  
  • What are data custodians’ reasons for holding back or restricting access to data?
  • The policies and procedures of organisations when it comes to open data – i.e. are public sector organisations actively promoting open data and helping to facilitate its use or rather, do they manage it as just another compliance burden? 

Join the Consultation

The dates and venues of the consultation groups are as follows:


  • Date: Tuesday 10 October, 6 pm (AEST)
  • Venue: The Park Bench, Unit 3, 288-293 Newmarket Road, Wilston


  • Date: Thursday 12 October, 6 pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: Keep Co Workspace, Building 3.3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick


  • Date: Tuesday 17 October, 6 pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: City Group Rooms, Level 11, 60 York Street, Sydney CBD (updated)


  • Date: Thursday 19 October, 6 pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: JB Market Research, 236 Clarence Street, South Melbourne

Attendees will be paid $130 each in recognition of their contributions to this project. 

To register your interest in attending the consultation group closest to you, or to obtain further information, please contact Lateral Economics Senior Associate Gene Tunny at [email protected] or 0409 727 635.