The NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC) is established to facilitate better data sharing between government agencies – with the objective of informing more efficient and evidence-based whole-of-government decision-making.
DAC functions include:
Delivering priority analytics projects using whole-of-government data, all within a secure environment;
Advising on NSW government challenges, and potential solutions, using data analytics;
Establishing and maintaining a register of data assets;
Advising on making de-identified* data open to the public; and
Delivering recommendations on best practice data analytics, cyber security and privacy measures.
One example of the DAC’s twelve, round-one projects is the NSW Fire and Rescue Services: addressing the problem that presently two trucks are typically respond to the 48,000 occasions a fire alarm goes off in NSW each year - 97 percent of which are false alarms.
If DAC's analysis shows a greater than 90 percent likelihood of a false alarm, a single truck might respond instead, unless the source were a hospital or aged care facility.
The DAC is currently considering a number of round two projects which include:
Current and projected health impact of heatwaves in NSW;
Evidence base for school enrolment projections;
Tackling non-compliance with the Hot Spots Program;
Identifying hazardous buildings;
Understanding contact with juvenile and adult justice system;
Reducing domestic violence;
The worth of Water;
Improving pedestrian safety;
Improving compliance with the Green Slip CTP scheme;
Reducing hospital admissions for workplace injury;
Streamlining the process of doing business in NSW; and
Building the dataset for child protection and out-of-home care.
Other areas covered by Oppermann included data analytics; privacy; DAC working with the private sector; technology within the DAC; and the centre’s cooperation with other State and Federal agencies.
*De-identification is the process used to prevent a person's identity from being connected with information