Making more government data openly available for reuse is a key initiative of the NSW Government ICT Strategy. Open data drives the NSW digital economy and provides a platform for innovation and evidence-based policy to improve government services. The NSW Government has achieved a lot in open data since the launch of the first policy in 2013, which set the foundation and priorities for the initiative. The NSW Open Data Policy has contributed to delivering significant improvements in human services, the environment, good government, road safety, and outcomes for vulnerable populations.

The development of new applications using real time transport data, the NSW Globe and dedicated apps like Pocket Ecologist are examples of how data can transform the way government fosters collaboration with citizens industry and changes how the public makes use of data. Data.NSW is the central access point for government datasets.

The NSW Government, through its Open Data Policy, is making data available in a way that can be safely used by industry, researchers and the community.

Drawing on experience and ideas from government, industry, research and the community the 2016 policy builds on the internationally recognised principles of open data. The Policy translates the principles into agency obligations for supporting responsible data management and sharing. The Policy is supported by an action plan with projects to accelerate the release and reuse of open data.

The NSW Government has appointed the NSW Information Commissioner as the new Open Data Advocate, who will play a key role in the successful implementation of the new policy.