4326.0.30.002 - Technical Manual: National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Confidentialised Unit Record Files, 2007 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Conditions of release >> RELEASE OF THE CURFS


The Basic and Expanded CURFs have been released in accordance with a Ministerial Determination (Clause 7, Statutory Rules 1983, No. 19) in pursuance of Section 13 of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. As required by the Determination, the CURFs have been designed so that the information on the files is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation to which it relates.

CURF user undertaking

The Australian Statistician's approval is required for each CURF release. Additionally, the ABS requires all organisations, and individuals within organisations, who purchase or are seeking to use a CURF to sign an undertaking to abide by the legislative restrictions on use before access to a CURF will be granted. The undertaking requires that people will:

  • use the information only for the statistical purposes specified in the Schedule to the Undertaking;
  • not attempt to identify particular persons or organisations;
  • not disclose, either directly or indirectly, the information to any other person or organisation other than members of their organisation who have been approved by the ABS to have individual access to the information;
  • not attempt to match, with or without using identifiers, the information with any other list of persons or organisations;
  • comply with any other direction or requirement specified in the 'Responsible access to ABS CURFs training manual'; and
  • not attempt to access the information after the term of their authorisation expires, or after their authorisation is rescinded by the organisation which provided it, or after they cease to be a member of that organisation.

Use of data for statistical purposes

Use of the data for statistical purposes means the CURF data is used to produce information of a statistical nature. Examples of statistical purposes are:
  • manipulation of the data to produce means, correlations or other descriptive or summary measures;
  • estimation of population characteristics;
  • use of data as input to mathematical models or for other types of analysis (e.g. factor analysis); and
  • providing graphical or pictorial representations of the characteristics of the population or subsets of the population.

All CURF users are required to read and abide by the 'Responsible access to ABS CURFs training manual' available from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au> (see Services/ CURF Microdata/ Accessing CURF Microdata). Use of the data for unauthorised purposes may render the purchaser liable to severe penalties. Advice on the propriety of any intended use of the data is available from the Microdata Access Strategies Section via <microdata.access@abs.gov.au>.

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