1104.0 - Microdata News, Feb 2012  
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Microdata: Business Longitudinal Database, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2004-05 to 2009-10 (cat. no. 8168.0.55.001)
Released: 21 December 2011

The aim of Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) is to facilitate micro level analysis for a panel (cohort) of small and medium businesses over time, and it includes both characteristics and financial data. This release of the BLD CURF provides information for the first two panels included in the BLD. Five years of data is included for both panel's: Panel One includes data for 2004-05, 2005-06 , 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09; and Panel Two includes data for
2005-06 , 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

A technical manual explaining data content and technical details and conditions of use of the BLD CURF 2004-05 to 2009-10 (cat. no. 8168.0.55.002) is available.

Microdata: Disability Ageing and Carers, 2009, Survey TableBuilder (cat. no. 4430.0.30.002)
Evaluation version released: 21 December 2011

At this stage the Disability Ageing and Carers, 2009 dataset in Survey TableBuilder format is a limited release to a selected group of users for evaluation purposes.

Initially, Survey TableBuilder will provide population estimates based on categorical variables (such as age and sex) from ABS household survey data. Population estimates based on continuous variables (such as income) are expected later in 2012.

Survey TableBuilder has been developed to compliment the ABS' existing suite of microdata products and services including Census TableBuilder and CURFs.

Microdata: General Social Survey Expanded CURF, Australia (cat. no. 4159.0.30.002)
Released: 22 December 2011

This CURF provides a wide range of information across areas of social concern. The focus is on the relationships between characteristics from different areas, rather than in depth information about a particular field. Topics include health, housing, education, work, income, financial stress, broad assets and liabilities, information technology, transport, social capital, voluntary work, family and community, crime, attendance at selected sport, culture and leisure venues and participation in sport and recreational activities.

An information paper explaining data content, technical details and conditions of use is also provided with the file.

Microdata: Family Characteristics, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4442.0.55.001)
Expected release: Early 2012

Microdata available on this CURF were compiled from the Family Characteristics topic in the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS), which was conducted as a supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey (MPS), from July 2009 to June 2010.

The Family Characteristics topic collected information on household and family composition including demographic, labour force, and family types. A particular focus is families with children aged 0-17 years. The additional information collected for families with children included information about family structure, the social marital status of the parents, and contact and visiting arrangements for children with non-resident parents and grandparents.
A technical manual for the Family Characteristics, Expanded CURF explaining data content, technical details and conditions will be available.

Microdata: Education and Work, Basic CURF, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 6227.0.30.001)
Expected release: Early 2012

This CURF provides selected information on participation in education, highest educational attainment, transition from education to work and current labour force and demographic characteristics for the civilian population aged 15-64 years. Characteristics reported on include: type of educational institution attended or attending; level and main field of education of current study and highest level and main field of educational attainment. Information on unsuccessful enrolment, and deferment of study, is included for persons not studying in the survey year.
Data on apprenticeships will also be provided. Limited information will also be included for persons aged 65-74 years who are in the labour force or marginally attached to it. Some of the statistical tables will be presented in time series format.

For further future CURF releases please see our List of Expected and Available Microdata web page.

For information on applying for access to ABS microdata, please refer to How to Apply for Microdata on the ABS website.