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National Data Governance Institute Opens In Melbourne

03 October 2016

Victoria’s data and cyber security industry received a massive boost today with the launch of a new national data governance institute, Data Governance Australia, in Melbourne.

The Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) established the new not-for-profit organisation, which has been set up to promote the responsible use of data, effective governance and management to help safeguard Australia’s fast-growing digital economy.

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis officially opened the institute today, welcoming the opportunity it presents for strengthening Victoria’s data capabilities and further cementing the state’s reputation as a hub for cyber security.

Data Governance Australia will work with the country’s biggest corporations and leaders in the data space, including Qantas, Woolworths, Coles, Westpac and Sentre Group (Westfield), to advocate for best practice, help shape regulatory framework and provide training courses, accreditation and knowledge sharing.

The Andrews Labor Government has also worked with ADMA to bring the headquarters of Australia’s national representative body for analytics professionals, the Institute for Analytics Professionals Australia (IAPA), to Melbourne along with their national conference, which will be held in Melbourne for the first time this week.

The launch of these new headquarters in Melbourne is a huge coup for the Labor Government in its push to strengthen the state’s capabilities in relation to data analytics, governance and security – capabilities that are critical for the state’s digital economy which is estimated to be worth $50.8 billion by 2020.

Victoria is already leading the nation in cyber security initiatives with the announcement of the new Oceania Cyber Security Centre which will collaborate with Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) and Data61, the digital research arm of the CSIRO, all collocating in Melbourne’s Docklands.

This boost in data capabilities and expertise will further strengthen Victoria’s reputation as a magnet for tech capital investment and research.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

“Not only will increasing our data capabilities boost our growing expertise in cyber security, it will help safeguard our fast-growing digital economy and be a significant economic driver for Victoria in years to come.”

“These agencies will boost jobs across the state and cement our reputation as Australia’s tech leader, building data-driven infrastructure and running activities across the country from Victoria.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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