These Guidelines specify a set of key actions that will help agencies comply with the Policy and are identified by text boxes at the start of relevant chapters. The list of key actions are:
- The Government’s default position is that departments and public bodies datasets must be made available to the public.
- Datasets must be made available unless access is restricted for reasons of privacy, public safety, security, law enforcement, public health and compliance with the law.
- Datasets must be released in a machine readable, reusable and open format.
- Personal, health and/or confidential information must be de-identified and aggregated.
- Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) is the default licence for datasets released under the Policy.
- Metadata must be created for datasets released under the Policy.
- All datasets made available under the Policy are to be linked to the data directory, .
- Agencies must make a determination about how often published datasets must be updated.
- Agencies must consider the Policy when developing and procuring datasets and databases.
- Datasets will not be commercialised unless an agency has a statutory function to do so, or Ministerial approval is granted.
- The agency head has overall accountability for implementing the Policy within their agency.
- Each dataset made available must have an assigned custodian to ensure the dataset is managed through its lifecycle.
- The progress of agencies compliance with the Policy will be reported to the responsible Minister and to Cabinet.
Reviewed 25 October 2019