As Australia’s Consumer Data Right regime edges closer to launch, the ACCC is looking for organisations to help it test the new data portability rules.

The ACCC, which is leading the introduction of the CDR, is seeking expressions of interest from parties interested in becoming accredited data recipients and participating in CDR testing.

Testing will begin in October and the selected participants will then be the first in the CDR ecosystem from February 2020.

The consumer and competition watchdog will start CDR testing in October 2019 based on its CDR Assurance Strategy for Open Banking, which is expected to be published next week. Following banking, the CDR will later be extended to the energy and telco sectors.

Eligible participants must be advanced in their development of IT platform and processes for CDR, with the ability to start testing in October. They also must have a use case for CDR with the types of data which will be shared in February 2020.

“Testing and assurance are necessary to ensure the end-to-end integrity of the CDR ecosystem. The testing is designed to be a tightly choreographed sequence of steps which will test the interoperability between the CDR Register, data holders, data recipients and consumers, testing the key variables possible in the overall CDR ecosystem,” the ACCC said.

The ACCC noted the parties selected for testing will also need to apply for accreditation. Testing and consideration of relevant accreditation applications will proceed in parallel so those selected will be ready to participate in the CDR ecosystem by February 2020. However, participation in testing will not guarantee accreditation.

Separately, applications for accreditation will also open more generally later in the year for participants not selected as part of this process or not wishing to become part of the CDR ecosystem from commencement.

Applicants have until September 6 to complete the survey available on the ACCC’s consultation hub.

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