Data governance in Australia

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Data governance in Australia

A decision-making approach

Over the past year, PKF, working with the Governance Institute of Australia, Macquarie University's DataX Research Centre, and other expert organisations, has supported an important research study to assess the data governance landscape in Australia. Here, we share the unexpected and motivating findings.

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Ken Weldin, PKF Partner, outlines the key findings and significance of this study

(4 minutes, 33 seconds)

Key learnings

>50% do not have a data governance framework

Just under one third regularly purge data

The stand out risk around data governance is cyber attack, followed by emergent technologies and AI 

Opinions differ as to the most effective committee structure


PKF was proud to sponsor this important research project, and we acknowledge the contributions of all involved.

The report was prepared by the DataX Macquarie Research Centre, with contributions from:

Professor Niloufer Selvadurai, Macquarie Law School
Professor Hanlin Shang
, Department of Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics
Professor Bamini Gopinath
, Macquarie University Hearing
A/Professor Babak Abedin
, Department of Actuarial Studies and Business Analytics
A/Professor Jessica McLean
, Macquarie School of Social Sciences
A/Professor Michael Procto
r, Department of Linguistics
A/Professor Anthony Chariton
, School of Natural Sciences

Expert advisers, who provided insightful contextual analysis around the report’s findings, are:

Ken Weldin FGIA FCG, Partner, PKF
Karin Geragh
ty FGIA FCG, Non-Executive Director, Strategist, Digital Transformation Consultant
Stuart Harrison
, General Manager Cyber Defence, nbn Australia
Sue Laver
FGIA, Company Secretary, Telstra
Eve Lillas
, Senior Associate, Gadens
Andrew Methven
, Head of Risk and Compliance, Hearing Australia
Joanne Moss
, Board Chair, Non Executive Director, and Gadens Partner
Megan Motto
FGIA FCG, CEO Governance Institute of Australia

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For any assistance with addressing the data governance needs of your organisation, do not hesitate to contact your local PKF Audit and data governance expert.

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