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Cross-border data sharing - the Pacific experience

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Presentation by Claudine Henry-Anguna (PCRN) at the international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems - Ottawa on 27-28 February 2018. See more at http://crvsinnovations.net

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Cross-border data sharing - the Pacific experience

  1. 1. Cross-Border Data Sharing (the Pacific experience) Claudine Henry-Anguna Registrar of the High Court Ministry of Justice, Cook Islands Harnessing The Power: CRVS Systems for 2030 Global Agendas Ottawa, Canada 27-28 February 2018
  2. 2. Vision • Pacific Civil Registrars Network (PCRN) established in 2014. • PCRN Vision: By 2024, the Civil Registrars across the Pacific will work together in ways that are flexible to local needs, with a shared approach to legislative change, enabling technology and data exchange.
  3. 3. Background Many Pacific people are born in one country (often their home island) but die in another place (such as New Zealand or Australia). Traditionally original birth and death certificates are issued in the country of occurrence. As a result, such ‘events’ occurring overseas are often not registered in their home island, country or territory. This means that birth records are often left ‘open’ and therefore at risk of identity theft and local mortality statistics being incomplete.
  4. 4. Pacific Movement • Medical treatment • Educational opportunities • Job opportunities • Career advancements • Sports • Impact of climate change (natural disaster) • Closer to family members
  5. 5. Pacific Movement Pacific Island born people, living in NZ and Australia Country population estimate (2013) Born in the Pacific, Currently living in NZ (2013 Census) Born in the Pacific, died 2014 in NZ (NZ Life data) Born in the Pacific, Currently living in AU (2011 Census) Samoa 187,400 50,661 430 19,093 Cook Islands 15,200 12,954 205 6,092 Niue 1,611 4,197 57 703 Tokelau 1,200 1,338 23 525 Fiji 859,200 52,755 219 56,979 Tonga 103,300 22,416 242 9,209 Kiribati 108,800 1,473 3 500 Tuvalu 10,900 1,419 12 122 PNG 7,398,500 1,344 2 26,788 Vanuatu 253,763 -* 1 1,107
  6. 6. Opportunities Planning / funding Health and community planning Identifying funding priorities Informing applications for development funding Health Monitoring the health of a population Planning for infant vaccinations and immunisation programmes Investment in prevention and early diagnosis for significant health issues (cancer, dialysis, heart issues, hereditary conditions) Evaluation of health treatments and programme impacts Statistics and reporting Access to real-time information on population size and structure Providing the necessary data for the calculation of all population-based development indicators used to track development progress Ability to match death notification with birth registration Crime Reducing identity theft and fraud Data Sharing of Death Information and Name Change Information
  7. 7. Data Sharing • New Zealand and Cook Islands Agreement for Sharing of Death and Name Change Information (2016) – Cook Islands • Self governed in free association with NZ (Niue and Tokelau - also part of realm of NZ) • NZ National/Passport/currency
  8. 8. Data Sharing • New Zealand and Cook Islands Agreement (2016) – New Zealand Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationship Registration Act 1995 (Section 78D) • authority for the NZ Registrar-General to supply to a foreign registration authority Name Change Information, Death Information or both relating to persons whose birth is registered in the State in which the foreign registration authority has jurisdiction. – Cook Islands Births and Deaths Registration Act 1973, Births and Deaths Registration Regulations 1975 • sets out the requirements and particulars for registering births and deaths in the Cook Islands. Legislative provisions do not specify any requirements in terms of sharing personal information with another country or organisation.
  9. 9. Data Sharing • New Zealand and Cook Islands Agreement (2016) – Government of the Cook Islands entered into an agreement to supply and receive New Zealand Name Change Information, Death Information or both relating to persons registered in New Zealand – Purpose for the provision of information • Positively identify persons to whom the information relates • Update birth records of persons with notification of deaths • Update birth records of persons with name changes; and • Provide data for statistical analysis and/or genealogical reasons • New Zealand and Niue Agreement • New Zealand and NSW Agreement
  10. 10. Data Sharing • New Zealand and Cook Islands Agreement (2016) – Government of the Cook Islands entered into an agreement to supply and receive New Zealand Name Change Information, Death Information or both relating to persons registered in New Zealand – Purpose for the provision of information • Positively identify persons to whom the information relates • Update birth records of persons with notification of deaths • Update birth records of persons with name changes; and • Provide data for statistical analysis and/or genealogical reasons • New Zealand and Niue Agreement • New Zealand and NSW Agreement

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