The Australian government has introduced a Consumer Data Right giving consumers greater control over their data. Part of this right requires the creation of common technical standards making it easier and safer for consumers to access data held about them by businesses, and – if they choose to – share this data via application programming interfaces (APIs) with trusted, accredited third parties.
CSIRO has been appointed by the Treasurer as the Data Standards Body (DSB) to support the delivery of the Consumer Data Right. The DSB is responsible for assisting Mr Andrew Stevens, the Data Standards Chair, in the development of common technical standards to allow Australians to access data held about them by businesses and direct its safe transfer to others.
The work of standards development is conducted in close consultation with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) as lead regulator of the Consumer Data Right, supported by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
The Consumer Data Right is intended to apply sector by sector across the whole economy, beginning in the banking sector. The next step for Consumer Data Right is in the energy and telecommunications sectors with other sectors to follow.
A number of working groups have been established to support the DSB in designing and testing the open standards it develops. Input provided by the Advisory Committees and working groups, alongside draft guidance materials, API specifications and implementation materials are being shared on this website and on GitHub.