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6250.0.25.002 - Microdata: Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, Nov 2010 Quality Declaration 
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USING THE CURF


ABOUT THE CURF
IDENTIFIERS
CURF FILE NAMES
COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS CURFS


ABOUT THE CURF

The data included in the CORMS 2010 CURF are released under the provisions of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. This legislation allows the Australian Statistician to release unit record data, or microdata, provided that it is done "in a manner that is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation to which it relates".

The ABS ensures confidentiality of the data by:

  • removing name, address and any other information that might uniquely identify an individual
  • changing a small number of values - particularly unusual values - and removing very unusual records
  • controlling the detail available for all records on the CURF
  • excluding some data items that were collected
  • controlling the modes of access and restrict access to more detailed data
  • placing restrictions on how the data are used, supported by both information in the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs, the undertaking signed by the head of each organisation and the terms and conditions signed by each user.
As a result, data on the CURF will not exactly match other previously published estimates. Any changes to the distribution of values are not significant and the statistical validity of aggregate data is not affected.
IDENTIFIERS

Each person has a unique random identifier - ABSPID.
CURF FILE NAMES

The 2010 Expanded CURF can be accessed on the RADL or ABSDL and is available in SAS, SPSS and STATA formats. The CURF comprises the following files:

Data files
  • CORMS10E.csv contains the data for the CURF in Microsoft Excel format
  • CORMS10E.sav contains the data for the CURF in SPSS format
  • CORMS10E.dta contains the data for the CURF in STATA format
Information files
  • The Data item list contains all the data items, including details of categories and code values, that are available on the Expanded CURF.
COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS CURFS
Previous information on each of these topics was reported in:

Microdata: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Expanded CURF Australia Nov 2007 (cat. no. 6250.0.25.002).

Similar information was also collected in 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2004, however, due to the different methodologies used in the earlier surveys, and major collection differences, comparisons can only be made between 2010 and 2007 data.

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