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1104.0 - CURF Microdata News, Feb 2010  
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This part of the CURF News describes recent and forthcoming CURF releases. You can also keep up to date with CURF releases by subscribing to our free Email Notification Service or the ABS RSS Feed. To apply for access to any of the following please use the MiCRO online CURF application system web page.

Microdata: Labour Force Survey and Forms of Employment Survey, Basic and Expanded CURF, Australia, November 2008 (cat. no. 6202.0.30.007) Released: 28 January 2010

These Basic and Expanded CURFs provide information from both the monthly Labour Force Survey and the related Forms of Employment supplementary survey.

Detailed labour force and demographic characteristics for the civilian population aged 15 years and over are included. In addition, data are provided on independent contractors, other business operators and employees. Information is also provided on people who had found their job through a labour hire firm or employment agency.

The Basic CURF is available on CD-ROM and via the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL). The CD-ROM allows users to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data to their individual specifications. The Expanded CURF is only available in the RADL and is accessible to authorised users via the ABS website. The RADL enables the ABS to make more detailed microdata available than on CD-ROM, while still maintaining the confidentiality of ABS data providers.

Steps to confidentialise the dataset are taken to ensure the integrity of data, optimise its content and maintain confidentiality of respondents. They include removing any information that might uniquely identify an individual, reducing the level of detail for some items and collapsing some categories.

Microdata: Survey of Education and Work, Basic CURF, Australia, May 2009 (cat. no. 6227.0.30.001) Released: 28 January 2010

This CURF from the 2009 Survey of Education and Work 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 and persons aged 65-74 years who are in the labour force or marginally attached to it. 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.

Users are able to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data to their individual specifications. Steps to confidentialise the data set are taken to ensure integrity of data, optimise its content and maintain confidentiality of respondents. They include removing any information that might uniquely identify an individual, reducing the level of detail for some items and collapsing some categories.

The CURF includes metadata files and documentation to enable users to read the data into SAS, SPSS or Stata software. Users can then analyse the data using any method supported by SAS, SPSS or Stata, including cross tabulation and correlative analyses.

The Basic CURF is available either on CD-ROM or accessible through the RADL. A Technical Manual explaining data content, technical details and conditions of use is will be released at the same time as the CURF and is available on the ABS website.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Expanded CURF 2008 (cat. no. 4720.0.55.001) Expected release: March 2010

Microdata from the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) will be released as two CURFs. Both CURFs will be Expanded files but each will contain different levels of geography. Client may apply for access to either or both CURFs. The normal 'bundled' price of $2,140 will be charged where clients apply for access to both files at the same time.

The two files will be:

    • a State level CURF comprising the geographic item State of usual residence item only, with all items likely to identify remoteness being removed.
    • a State by Remoteness level CURF comprising the geographic item State by Remoteness with only acceptable levels of output being available.
The CURFs contain confidentialised data about each selected person and the household to which they belong. Data are available for the following topics: language and culture, social capital, life experiences, health, education, work, income and finances, housing and mobility, transport, information technology, and safety, crime and justice.

As with all Expanded CURFs, the files are only available through the RADL.

Information about the data content, technical details and conditions of use will be provided in the NATSISS: User Guide, 2008 (cat. no. 4720.0).

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