I think the question of "How do we get open data used in a sustainable way?" is still without a definitive answer. In terms of a CRC to explore this area NICTA does technological exploration of the application of open data http://www.nicta.com.au/media/current/nicta_joins_oaic_to_launch_open_data_report
In the UK the Open Data Institute tries to match up government and business to find useful (and economically beneficial) applications for open data, as well as providing services for business and facilities (co-working etc) for the community/data startups to use http://www.theodi.org/join-us
But it shows that open data isn't just about open government but also ways in which government itself can benefit from better data formats, better data access and better data tools. As suggested at linux.conf.au
, maybe there's a place for having a government Geek in Residence program to draw on talented individuals in the open data community https://lca2013.linux.org.au/wiki/Miniconfs/OpenGovernment#Geek_in_Residence
Sadly OpenAustralia hasn't been as lucky as Sunlight Foundation, Code for America and mySociety to get million dollar grants from Google to make something like that happen.