4326.0.30.002 - Technical Manual: National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Confidentialised Unit Record Files, 2007 Quality Declaration 
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This technical manual provides information about the release of microdata from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (SMHWB), including background to the survey, using the CURF microdata, reliability of estimates, contents of the 2007 CURFs and the conditions of release. Microdata from the survey are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician and are available in the form of two Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs):

  • a Basic CURF, available on CD-ROM or through the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL); and
  • an Expanded CURF, only accessible through the RADL.

The Expanded CURF contains more detailed data for some variables than the Basic CURF, as well as some additional variables. For the contents of each CURF refer to the data item list, which is available on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au> in spreadsheet format.

The RADL is an online database query system that supports access to the CURFs. Microdata are held on a server at the ABS and accessed by submitting programs to interrogate and analyse data, as well as access the results. More information about accessing the CURFs and using the RADL is available from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au> (see Services/ CURF Microdata/ Accessing CURF Microdata).

Information to aid interpretation of the CURFs is provided in this paper and in the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Users' Guide, 2007 (cat. no. 4327.0), which will be referred to throughout this paper as the Users' Guide.

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