Dataconomy 2018

Policy Strategic Sessions


Wednesday 12 December 2018
King & Wood Mallesons, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney (map)

Fuelling growth and opportunity

The Dataconomy program has been developed in collaboration and with the support of Reinventure and Data Republic.

Dataconomy Sydney is the first in a series of forums and roundtables about the emerging data economy. These will be hosted in other Australian states in early 2019 to ensure that the states, and sections of the business community have an opportunity to contribute to this most important conversation.

The Dataconomy program is designed to bring federal policy-makers, state delivery agencies and regulators into the same room as commercial developers, data analytics academics and political leaders.
The half day Dataconomy Forum intends to identify new opportunities – for building new companies, new industries and creating improved, more targeted government service delivery. A better understood and centrally managed regulatory environment will enable data to be more easily shared, producing economy-productivity gains and unlocking new value streams. The improved use of data also offers government an unprecedented opportunity for delivering improved citizen services at lower cost.

While Australia already has some sophisticated regulatory infrastructure in place in relation to data, these pockets of excellence are spread far and wide across the Commonwealth and between jurisdictions.


7.30am - 8.10am

Breakfast And Networking

8.10am - 8.15am

Opening remarks from InnovationAus

Corrie McLeod, Publisher & CEO Hello Espresso

8.15am – 8.30am

Ministerial welcome: Tapping the data pools – Open data and service delivery

Building better citizen services through smarter use of government data and improved interaction between government, the private sector and NGOs The Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Finance, Services and Property, NSW Government

8.30am – 8.45am

Regulatory wish-list: Key themes for maximum data happiness

Developing a national strategy to build a thriving data economy and maximise opportunities for Australian business’ in global markets Danny Gilligan, Co-Founder, Reinventure Group

8.45am – 9.00am

Building community confidence, articulating and delivering consumer/citizen (human) benefit.

Caity McLoughlin, Associate Director, Optus Business

Speaker bios

The Hon. Victor Dominello MP
Minister for Finance, Services and Property, NSW Government

Victor was pre-selected by the Liberal Party in September 2008 as its candidate for the State by-election in the seat of Ryde. Victor was elected to the NSW Parliament at the Ryde By-Election held on 18 October 2008 with a swing of 23.1 per cent, one of the largest in the State’s history.

At the 2011 election, Victor was re-elected as Member for Ryde with an extra 12.6 per cent of the vote. This completed a 35.7 per cent swing from the 2007 election.

Victor was sworn in as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Citizenship and Communities. His responsibilities included veterans’ affairs, volunteering, youth and multicultural affairs.

Following Mike Baird appointment as NSW Premier in April 2014, Victor became Assistant Minister for Education and while retaining his previous portfolio responsibilities, Veterans’ Affairs was added to his official title.

Following the Baird Government’s re-election in March 2015, Victor was sworn in as the state’s first Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.

In January 2017 Victor was appointed Min

Scott Farrell
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Scott Farrell is a senior partner of King & Wood Mallesons with more than 20 years’ experience in financial markets and financial systems law. Scott has given many years of service to the public and private sector in advising on, and guiding, regulatory and legal change in the financial market and system landscape.

In 2016, Scott was appointed to the Australian Government’s FinTech Advisory Group at its formation and co-ordinates its Blockchain and open banking workstreams. He is now its co-chair. In 2017, Scott led the Australian Government’s review into Open Banking, the recommendations of which are now being implemented as Australia’s Consumer Data Right. Scott is involved in the work of many industry bodies, standards bodies and public sector entities internationally in relation to data, blockchain, smart contracts, digital identity and fintech.

Dr Stephanie Fahey
CEO, Austrade

Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.

Stephanie has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.

Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia.

Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.

Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.

Bruce Cooper
General Manager, Consumer Data Right Branch, ACCC

As General Manager of the Consumer Data Right Branch Mr Cooper has management responsibility for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s role in the development and implementation of Australia’s consumer data right. This policy will allow consumers to direct that trusted third parties be given access to their data and will facilitate competition and innovation; first in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Mr Cooper joined the ACCC in 1998 and has had numerous roles including managing the ACCC’s Corporate and Regulatory Law Unit and the ACCC’s advocacy and international engagement activities.

Prior to joining the ACCC, Mr Cooper worked in a number of private and government legal roles.