Reports  |    |  April 5, 2019

Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework: A Discussion Paper

Report by the Australian Government – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
78 pages.

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to increase our well-being; lift our economy; improve society by, for instance, making it more inclusive; and help the environment by using the planet’s resources more sustainably. For Australia to realise these benefits however, it will be important for citizens to have trust in the AI applications developed by businesses, governments and academia. One way to achieve this is to align the design and application of AI with ethical and inclusive values.

Consultation Approach

The purpose of this public consultation is to seek your views on the discussion paper developed by Data61: Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework. Your feedback will inform the Government’s approach to AI ethics in Australia.

As part of this consultation, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science welcomes written submissions, which will close on Friday, 31 May 2019.

Please note that comments and submissions will be published on the department’s website unless, on submission, you clearly indicate that you would like your comments to be treated as confidential.

Questions for consideration:

  1. Are the principles put forward in the discussion paper the right ones? Is anything missing?
  2. Do the principles put forward in the discussion paper sufficiently reflect the values of the Australian public?
  3. As an organisation, if you designed or implemented an AI system based on these principles, would this meet the needs of your customers and/or suppliers? What other principles might be required to meet the needs of your customers and/or suppliers?
  4. Would the proposed tools enable you or your organisation to implement the core principles for ethical AI?
  5. What other tools or support mechanisms would you need to be able to implement principles for ethical AI?
  6. Are there already best-practice models that you know of in related fields that can serve as a template to follow in the practical application of ethical AI?
  7. Are there additional ethical issues related to AI that have not been raised in the discussion paper? What are they and why are they important?

Additional information: https://consult.industry.gov.au/strategic-policy/artificial-intelligence-ethics-framework/