Decision Proposals are the mechanism for the DSB formal consultation process. Feedback is welcome and essential to the process.
Changes in a Decision Proposal
The community submits change requests via Github, suggesting changes in the standards. The DSB may also originate changes internally, based on community feedback and other considerations.
The DSB determines the priority of changes and what changes can be undertaken during each change cycle.
The DSB posts a number of Decision Proposals (DPs) on GitHub, describing the changes. Decision Proposals are published as issues in the CDS standards repository:
Decision Proposals incorporate the changes proposed and specify the length of time before compliance is expected and whether any older version of the related standard is to become obsolete.
Feedback on a Decision Proposal
The Decision Proposal is then open for feedback. To provide feedback, participants can post comments on DPs on Github. There may be face to face consultations. The result of those meetings are published on GitHub as comments or attachments to the DP.
The Decision Proposal issue specifies a date on which feedback closes. After this date, the formal consultation on the DP is closed. While feedback posted after the closing date is welcome, actions are taken on the DP on the basis of feedback received during the formal consultation period.
To respond to a Decision Proposal, post a comment on the corresponding GitHub issue. Feedback provided by the community is considered only if it is submitted in a public and transparent manner. Feedback should not be sent as an email or in some other private form.
DPs that have not achieved community consensus may be adjusted and submitted for a second round of feedback.
Approval of a Decision Proposal
After achieving consensus, the DSB submits change recommendations for final approval by the Data Standards Body Chair. The Chair may approve, reject or defer a proposal. The DSB may resubmit rejected or deferred proposals for additional consultation in the next change cycle.
The DSB them modifies the published standards to incorporate approved changes. The DSB documents changes to the standards in the change log.
Decisions are binding
When changes are approved by the Chair, and incorporated into the published standards, they are binding on participants.
Discovering and referring to a Decision Proposal
To find current Decision Proposals, open the https://github.com/ConsumerDataStandardsAustralia/standards/ Issues tab and search for "Decision Proposals".
To refer to a Decision Proposal, use the Decision Proposal ID number in the title. This is the same as the GitHub issue number.