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Gemma Van Halderen

First Assistant Secretary, Open Data Efficiencies - Data Sharing Collection and Integration, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

About Gemma Van Halderen

In 2017 Gemma Van Halderen was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Department to lead a Taskforce preparing the Federal Governments response to a Productivity Commission Inquiry into Data Availability and Use. The Inquiry recommends reforms to Australia's data system including the establishment of a National Data Custodian, the accreditation of data release authorities and a consumer right to enable consumers to make better use of data businesses hold about them.

Gemma is seconded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ where she leads the Statistics Transformation and Implementation Division. This Division drives the transformation of ABS’s statistical programs, legislation and strategies for data sharing, data integration and microdata access. Gemma shapes strategy, change and transformation of ABS business, policies and engagement with partners including Commonwealth and State/Territory governments. Her interests are in improving the range, accessibility and visibility of statistics and data for research, analysis and public policy.
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