Former ACCC boss Graeme Samuel will chair the new Data Governance Australia group which will launch next week.

DGA, which is made up of some of Australia’s biggest brands and data service providers, describes its purpose as promoting the responsible use of data. “Our role is to help build consumer trust through industry standards, whilst maintaining a legal environment that allows Australian businesses to thrive, ” according to the organisation’s website.

Furthermore the DGA will seek to establish industry standards and benchmarks around the collection, use and management of data in Australia.

The DGA describes the common goals of data governance programmes as:

  • To develop and communicate data strategies, policies, procedures and architecture requirements.
  • To sponsor and oversee the effective delivery of data projects and strategy outcomes.
  • To define and ensure compliance with data policies, standards and procedures.
  • To understand and promote the value of data assets.
  • To support the analysis and exchange of data insights for the benefit of the business.

The twelve founding board members are drawn from a cross-section of Australian industry, including retailers, banks, insurance companies and travel industry businesses.

The initial team set up for DGA includes, General Manager Murray Hyde, and three Melbourne-based staff based at Level 17, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000. However as part of the Associations of Data-Driven Business, Data Governance Australia, will also tap into the tech, management, marketing and operational expertise of its sister associations ADMA, IAPA & AIMIA.

Prior to DGA, Hyde was the director – compliance and regulatory affairs at ADMA and is the former managing director of Rock Retail Group.

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