AI ethics framework and principles released

February 11, 2020 - 10:05am

The Australian Government has released its ethics framework for businesses and organisations who design, develop, integrate or use artificial intelligence (AI).

The release follows public consultation and includes a framework and a set of voluntary AI ethics principles.

As noted by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the principles are aspirational and intended to complement – not substitute – existing AI related regulations. 

This includes relevant Commonwealth and State privacy regulatory regimes (for example, in Queensland, the Information Privacy Act 2009).

The Department has also produced a guide about how and when to apply the AI ethics principles.

In 2019 the OIC provided a submission in response to CSIRO's Data 61 discussion paper providing in-principle support for the development of an ethical framework to guide AI and machine learning in Australia.