Data Integration Partnership for Australia

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The Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) is a government investment to maximise the use and value of data assets. DIPA creates new insights into important and complex policy questions through data integration and analysis.

The DIPA will:

  • Improve the governments’ technical data infrastructure and data integration capabilities.
  • Preserve the privacy of individuals and ensure the security of sensitive data.
  • Improve data assets in important areas such as health, education and social welfare.
  • Maximise the use of these assets through data integration and analysis.

The Department of Education and Training is a member of the Social Health and Welfare Analytical Unit (SHWAU) along with the Department of Social Services and Department of Health. SHWAU is funded under DIPA to undertake research on complex social issues to contribute to a strong evidence base for government policy. 

Case Studies

Completed projects

  • Towards improving children’s developmental outcomes – scoping an approach to build better evidence for policy - Final report
  •  Cost of school resourcing feasibility study- Fact sheet

Projects currently underway

The department is currently leading two research projects:

  1. Better understanding the impact of health and social factors on the transition from education to work 
    • This project aims to understand the significant social and health risk factors that prevent Australians from completing their tertiary studies and transitioning from tertiary education to employment.
       
  2. Measuring the social return on investment from education and training 
    • The project aims to develop estimates of average social return on investment from tertiary education to better understand the distributional impacts of tertiary education. 

Other analytical projects which the Department of Education and Training will assist SHWAU partners with include:

  • Use of government services by older Australians
  • The prevalence and impact of mental ill-health on income support and student outcomes