Defence Data Strategy 2021-2023

The world is experiencing rapid digitisation and growth in the creation of data.

The increasing connection of services to the internet is exposing vulnerabilities in global supply chains, a potential precursor to conventional conflict. Emerging technologies, highly dependent on data, are being rapidly translated into weapons systems. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous unmanned weaponry, are shrinking decision time and improving weapon precision and lethality.

Data underpins the ability to make rapid and informed decisions. Lead the Way: Defence Transformation Strategy recognises that the effective use and management of data is critical to everything Defence does.

Unlocking the power of Defence data will help automate processes and reporting, increasing the ability to make informed decisions regarding strategy, capability, and resources.

On 4 August, the Assistant Minister for Defence, The Honourable Andrew Hastie MP launched the Defence Data Strategy 2021-2023.

The Strategy outlines the pillars, practical initiatives and priority data areas that will guide Defence in uplifting data management and analytics across the organisation.

The five pillars in the Strategy – govern, trust, discover, use and share – will help guide data management across the organisation and will enable Defence to use data more effectively as circumstances change.

The Defence Data Strategy demonstrates the investment in data capability within the Defence workforce. Implementing the Strategy will fundamentally changing the way Defence manages and works with data, building strong data literacy and analytic skillsets.

The Strategy will uplift Defence enterprise data management and analytics practices in order to deliver on the Defence vision and mission.


Defence Data Strategy 2021-2023 (PDF 8.15 MB)