CPRC established the Consumer Data Research Network (CDRN) in May 2018, which it hosts and acts as secretariat.

The CDRN’s goal is to maximise academic research impact, share insights with policymakers, and build greater shared understanding of how to provide consumers with better outcomes in the digital age.

Founding partners – leading Australian researchers from across disciplines – function as an advisory group to CPRC in guiding the development, implementation and expansion of the CDRN.

The objectives of the CDRN are to:

  • Provide a platform for sharing current and emerging research.
  • Feed in latest research with policy and regulation processes to improve consumer data rights and protection.
  • Provide guidance to businesses and government about ethical uses of data.
  • Improve consumers’ control, access and value they can extract from their data.


  • Tier 1: Academics with a position at an Australian University may apply for Tier 1 membership which includes access to newsletters, events and working groups.
  • Tier 2: Business, policy makers, regulators, and community organisations can apply for Tier 2 membership which includes access to newsletters and events.

Network operation:

  • Monthly newsletter updates featuring members research, policy updates, articles from regulators/policy makers and more
  • Annual national conference and other events
  • Smaller working groups for academics with a position at an Australian university, focussing on specific topics lead by CDRN advisory group members

Joining the network is a great way to keep abreast of currently policy reform issues and opportunities for collaboration with others working in the space.

To register your interest, please contact Brigid Richmond.