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A recent data integration initiative, the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP), is a cross-portfolio government partnership to explore how the Australian Government can make better use of existing public data for policy analysis, research, and statistical purposes. Currently in the evaluation phase, the ABS created MADIP by securely linking Medicare, government payments, personal income tax and anonymised 2011 Census data to enable analysis of socio-economic outcomes and trends to inform policy and program development.
The ABS has methodological and technological expertise to undertake data integration projects, a strong legislative basis to ensure the protection of sensitive personal information, and a high level of community trust to underpin its activities as an Accredited Integrating Authority.
In 2017-18, the ABS will update the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mortality Project and the Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset.
From 2017-18, the ABS will receive additional funding under the Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA). The DIPA is a coordinated Australian Public Service-wide investment to maximise the use and value of the Australian Government’s data assets through data integration, allowing cost effective and timely policy development and evaluation. The 2017-18 Federal Budget allocated $37.7 million funding to the ABS over the next three years to work with Commonwealth partners and enhance its data integration capabilities and enduring data assets.
By funding the DIPA, the government recognises that some of the most challenging and important policy and service delivery questions span all sectors of the Australian community. As the most comprehensive data collection in Australia, the Census provides a foundation for the DIPA when combined with other information.
The lives of Australians can be improved through high quality programs and services. The DIPA provides a rich picture of life in Australia by bringing together the 2016 Census and other existing public datasets. This insight will enable Government to ensure that the services provided are high quality and making a difference for Australians. For example, bringing together information from the Census, health, education and employment sectors can improve understanding of the various influences on children's lives and how these can impact their future which in turn can support better delivery of early childhood and school services.
For more information refer to the Data Integration FAQs.
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