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Advisory Group on Trusted Data Use - EOI extended until 7 June

Data can produce meaningful insights about us and our communities, to inform decision-making, improve services, and drive innovation.

The Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) is convening an Advisory Group on Trusted Data Use to help maximise the opportunities and benefits from new and emerging uses of data, while responsibly managing potential risk and harms.

Government Chief Data Steward 

Expression of interest process extended until 7 June

Expressions of interest (EOI) are now being sought from people with relevant experience and areas of expertise, and who will can make a commitment of one day every 6 to 8 weeks.

The EOI has been extended until 5pm Friday, 7 June 2019 to ensure there is adequate representation across all specialist areas.

Members are expected to be appointed by the Government Chief Data Steward shortly after the EOI process closes.

Expression of interest form [PDF 179 KB]


The commitment is one day approximately eight times a year, with the Group meeting every 6 to 8 weeks in Wellington. Half a day’s preparation will be needed before each meeting.

About the group

Reporting to the GCDS, this independent group will comprise seven experts, including the chair, representing the following areas:

  • privacy and human rights law
  • ethics
  • innovative data use and data analytics
  • Te Ao Māori
  • technology
  • public policy and government interests in the use of data.

The Group will enable government agencies to test ideas, policy, and proposals related to new and emerging uses of data.

It can also provide advice on trends, issues, areas of concern, and areas for innovation it becomes aware of.

The Group’s function and membership will be reviewed after 12 months.

Relevant meeting agendas, papers, and minutes will be published on

Fees and travel

The Advisory Group is classified as a ‘Group 4, Level 2’ body under the Cabinet Fees Framework. Fees will be paid in line with that Framework.

The Framework states that a Group 4, Level 2 body Chair be paid between $360 and $818 per day, and an ordinary member between $270 and $518 per day.

Members will be paid for a full day per meeting. This includes payment for a half day meeting, preparation for the meeting, and travel time when travelling on the same day.

The secretariat, administered by Stats NZ, will book travel and accommodation, if needed.

Cabinet Fees Framework for fees for statutory bodies


The Algorithm assessment report (published in October 2018) recommended that consideration be given to ways in which agencies ensure human rights, privacy, and ethics are considered when developing algorithms, and that agencies embed a Te Ao Māori perspective, where appropriate.

This Group will assist agencies to meet those recommendations.

Algorithm assessment report

More information

Terms of reference - HTML

Terms of reference [PDF 155 KB]

Terms of membership - HTML

Terms of membership [PDF 160 KB]

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