Federal election 2019

Privacy and data security

The future prosperity of Australia will depend on embracing new technology to address critical national challenges.

The Academy has identified six key priorities for an incoming federal government, where immediate action will result in significant benefit to Australia.

We will profile one priority a week through the campaign. This week’s priority is Privacy and Data Security.



  • Enact data protection legislation that ensures consumer privacy (such as provided by Europe’s GDPR), and makes enterprises responsible for the protection of the consumer data they hold (including criminal charges for negligence causing data breaches).
  • Enact legislation that ensures that law enforcement agencies have access to the data they are entitled to (with warranted protections) but does not harm Australia’s international reputation as a safe location for tech investment.


You can download all six of the Academy’s election priorities below.