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Appendix 1: Key actions

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.

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:

  1. The Government’s default position is that departments and public bodies datasets must be made available to the public.
  2. 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.
  3. Datasets must be released in a machine readable, reusable and open format.
  4. Personal, health and/or confidential information must be de-identified and aggregated.
  5. Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) is the default licence for datasets released under the Policy.
  6. Metadata must be created for datasets released under the Policy.
  7. All datasets made available under the Policy are to be linked to the data directory, www.data.vic.gov.au.
  8. Agencies must make a determination about how often published datasets must be updated.
  9. Agencies must consider the Policy when developing and procuring datasets and databases.
  10. Datasets will not be commercialised unless an agency has a statutory function to do so, or Ministerial approval is granted.
  11. The agency head has overall accountability for implementing the Policy within their agency.
  12. Each dataset made available must have an assigned custodian to ensure the dataset is managed through its lifecycle.
  13. The progress of agencies compliance with the Policy will be reported to the responsible Minister and to Cabinet.

Reviewed 25 October 2019

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