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In accordance with the guidance provided by the OAIC, current de-identification practices will be reviewed across government to ensure processes remove all direct identifiers; remove or alter any other information that could be used to re-identify an individual; and ensure that the use of controls and safeguards is sufficient for the data access environment.
Additionally, a separate independent review has been commissioned by Procurement ACT that will consider the process involved in the release of the original RFT and its associated documents. The review will consider processes and systems, and will identify any changes required to prevent future inadvertent disclosures of information of this nature from occurring again. This review was initiated following advice from the OAIC that it would not be pursuing its own investigation in response to the ACT government’s self-reporting.
Information security and personal privacy are extremely important. The ACT government takes our obligation to protect them very seriously. To this end, we will engage fully with the independent review and seek to efficiently implement any recommendations for process or practice improvements which can help to prevent unauthorised disclosures of information from occurring in the future.
Finally, I would like to respond to the Assembly’s motion of 30 November 2021, which called on members to declare whether they or their staff had accessed the spreadsheet in question prior to its availability online being drawn to the government’s attention. On behalf of Labor members in this place, I can confirm that none of our offices or staff did so. I also note that Minister Rattenbury responded directly to this issue on behalf of the ACT Greens, during his speech on the motion when this was considered by the Assembly in November last year, to indicate that they had not done so.
I indicated that I would table a letter from OAIC. I do not have it with me now, but I will table it later, Madam Speaker. I present the following paper:
Release of de-identified workers compensation claims data—Update on the ACT Government’s response—Ministerial statement, 10 February 2022.
That the Assembly take note of the paper.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Disability services—National Disability Insurance Scheme
MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (10.27): I thank members for the opportunity to respond to the Assembly motion in relation to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. On