MADIP Consultation and independent Privacy Impact Assessment

Independent Privacy Impact Assessment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commissioned an independent consultant to assess impacts on individuals' privacy from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP). The consultant is undertaking an independent Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) that will provide strategies for managing, minimising, or eliminating any potential impacts to ensure the privacy of Australians and to protect the confidentiality of their information.

The independent PIA will be published on the ABS website once finalised. This is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2018. The ABS will publish a response to the independent PIA once the findings and recommendations have been fully considered.

Targeted stakeholder consultation

To support the PIA process, the ABS held a series of targeted consultations with key stakeholders, on behalf of MADIP partner agencies. The aim of these sessions was to understand stakeholder views on key data integration issues, and contribute to building community trust and understanding of the MADIP as the project develops.

The consultations also provided an opportunity for privacy and advocacy groups, government, academics, and civil society groups to raise any issues or concerns about the project, and discuss the benefits of data integration and future development of the MADIP.

The feedback received during these consultations has been provided to the consultant to further inform the independent PIA and direction of the MADIP. The publication of the report of key outcomes from the consultation meetings will be considered as part of the response to the PIA.

What was the focus of the consultation meetings?

As part of the discussion, the ABS sought comments from stakeholders on three core issues, for each of which stakeholders were asked about their concerns, what could be done to minimise those concerns, and what benefits they perceived from existing arrangements:

    1. MADIP data security and protection of privacy
    2. The benefits and possible risks of combining key national public sector datasets
    3. Data access arrangements and use

How were stakeholders selected for consultation?

Stakeholders were selected based on their:

  • Involvement (potential or actual) in the project;
  • Representativeness of key sector(s) of Australian society;
  • Special interest or expertise (including privacy and security); and/or
  • Prior contribution to government consultation processes.

For more information about MADIP consultations, email