NSW Data Analytics Centre

Who We Are

The NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC) was established in August 2015. The DAC aims to become a world leader in whole-of-government data analytics, to provide insights into complex policy problems, support greater evidence-based decision-making and improve service delivery for the community.

The DAC is led by CEO Dr Ian Oppermann, who was appointed as the state’s first Chief Data Scientist.

An Advisory Board provides strategic advice to the DAC, and is chaired by Tim Thurman, Chief Information Officer of the Australian Securities Exchange. 

The DAC is the first of its kind in Australia and internationally unique due to its function and supporting legislation. The DAC brings together leading minds in data analytics in order to:

  • Deliver priority analytics projects using whole-of-government data
  • Manage a secure environment for data sharing
  • Establish and maintain a register of data assets used in analytics projects
  • Coordinate consistent data management definitions and standards
  • Advise the NSW government on:
    - challenges and potential solutions using data analytics
    - best practice data analytics, data governance and privacy measures
    - making de-identified data open to the public


Privacy and confidentiality are central to the work of the DAC. NSW Privacy Commissioner,
Dr Elizabeth Coombs, was a member of the steering committee assembled to guide the establishment of the DAC. Dr Coombs continues to work closely with the DAC and NSW Government agencies to ensure best practice data sharing in a confidential and secure manner.

The DAC is bound by NSW privacy legislation and policies, as are the agencies we work with. These include:

  • The Data Sharing (Government Sector) Act 2015 
  • The New South Wales Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
  • Information Protection Principles (IPPs)
  • Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW)
  • Health Privacy Principles (HPPs)
  • The NSW Government Digital Information Security Policy