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Opening our world

Data is enriching the way we live. Better decisions, better services and better customer experiences are being achieved by responsibly sharing data. By releasing Open Data we can empower citizens and gain new insights that improve the way we live, work and solve problems.

Government Data

Simply put it is information, numbers, facts, statistics that can be analysed or used for purposes like research, decision-making and planning.

Non-sensitive Data

Non-sensitive data does not require processing to be released

Sensitive Data

Where government data contains sensitive information it is subject to a cleaning process. Some options include:


To remove identifiers such as names, exact dates, ages or other unique characteristics.


To group any information such as postcodes, location data and times to preclude individual identification.


To anonymise potential links between data sets and preclude re-identification.

Open Data
Open data is data that anyone can access, use, re-use or share.

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Agencies will start from a position of data openness, favouring the release of data, unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure (Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act).
Proactively released by government
Access to open data will be free by default. The widespread use of data for innovation will be encouraged to achieve the maximum value from the data for the people of NSW, and to enhance transparency of government.
Free or at the lowest cost
High-value datasets will be prioritised for release, in line with demand from the public and industry, as a result of stakeholder consultation, or where the release of the datasets will contribute to better service delivery in NSW.
Up to date data sets
Users will be alerted to the quality and limitations of the data to ensure confidence that it is trustworthy and authoritative.
Well managed and trusted data sources
Data will be in a format that makes it easy to use, transform and reuse. Commonly accepted open data standards, are published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to enhance data usability.
Available and easy to find use, re-use and share
Better, faster, safer, more open data
Benefits of Open Data
Open Data benefits everyone. We are already safely using Open Data to make our lives easier and better. When Open Data is made available it enables ANYONE to analyse, use and transform their world.

Informing planning and decisions

Redefining the marketplace

Improving our health, transport and education

Enriching our experiences

Open data improves

With Open Data we can harness opportunities and deliver real world benefits to our communities.

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