According to the Australian Government Public Data Policy Statement (copy) public data should not be a chargeable resource (emphasis added) :
“The Australian Government commits to optimise the use and reuse of public data; to release non sensitive data as open by default; and to collaborate with the private and research sectors to extend the value of public data for the benefit of the Australian public.
Public data includes all data collected by government entities for any purposes including; government administration, research or service delivery. Non-sensitive data is anonymised data that does not identify an individual or breach privacy or security requirements.”
“Australian Government entities will (inter alia):
- make non-sensitive data open by default to contribute to greater innovation and productivity improvements across all sectors of the Australian economy;
- where possible, make data available with free, easy to use, high quality and reliable Application Programming Interfaces (APIs);
- only charge for specialised data services and, where possible, publish the resulting data open by default;….”