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New and upcoming CURF releases

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Microdata: Labour Force Survey and Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey, Basic and Expanded CURF, Australia, Aug 2010 (cat. no. 6202.0.30.001)
Released: 26 August 2011

This CURF provides information from both the monthly Labour Force Survey and the related Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership supplementary survey in more detail.

Detailed labour force and demographic characteristics for the civilian population aged 15 years and over are included. In addition, for employees, data is provided on earnings, leave entitlements, superannuation, entitlement to other benefits and trade union membership.

A technical manual explaining data content and technical details is available: Technical Manual: Labour Force and Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Basic and Expanded CURF, Australia, Aug 2010 (cat. no. 6202.0.30.002). and should be used in conjunction with the CURF.


Microdata: Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Expanded CURF, Australia, Nov 2010 (cat. no. 6250.0.25.002)
Released: 20 September 2011

This CURF provides information about migration category, country of birth, proficiency in spoken English, educational attainment on arrival and since arrival, employment prior to arrival and since arrival, and sources of household income.

A technical manual explaining data content, technical details and conditions of use is available: Technical Manual: Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Expanded CURF, Australia, Nov 2010 (cat. no. 6250.0.55.001) and should be used in conjunction with the CURF.


Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Expanded CURF, Australia, May 2010 (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001)
Released: 29 September 2011

    This CURF provides information about the estimates of the composition and distribution of employee earnings, the hours they are paid for and the methods used to set their pay (i.e. award only, collective agreement, or individual arrangement). EEH is the only ABS source of information on methods of setting pay.

    Some of the key data items on the EEH CURF include:
    • Weekly earnings - Ordinary time, Overtime, Amounts salary sacrificed, and Total earnings (available as continuous variables);
    • Hours paid for - Ordinary time, Overtime, and Total hours paid for (available as continuous variables);
    • Methods of setting pay;
    • Employee characteristics - e.g. Sex, Full-time/Part-time status, Managerial status, Occupation (available at the 1, 2 and 3 digit ANZSCO level), Type of employee (Permanent, Fixed-term, Casual);
    • Business characteristics - Industry (1 digit ANZSIC level), and Employer unit size (under 20 employees, or 20 or more employees); and
    • Jurisdictional information - Jurisdictional coverage of employees and Jurisdiction of registered agreement.

    A technical manual explaining data content and technical details and conditions of use is available: Technical Manual: Employee Earnings and Hours, Expanded CURF, Australia, May 2010 (cat. no. 6306.0.55.002) and should be used in conjunction with the CURF.

    Microdata: Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, Basic and Expanded CURF, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6540.0)
    Released: 7 October 2011

    This reissued file contains unit record data from the Household Expenditure Survey and the Survey of Income and Housing.

    This release includes two corrections to the Household Expenditure Survey Basic and Expanded CURFs. The Survey of Income and Housing Basic and Expanded CURFs have not been impacted by these changes. Four individual microdata files are available: the Basic files for HES and SIH are distributed on CD-ROM or can be accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

    A User Guide describing the definitions, concepts methodology and estimation procedures used in the Household Expenditure Survey and the Survey of Income and Housing, is available: Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6503.0) and should be used in conjunction with the CURF. Information about the CURF data previously released in a separate Technical Manual is now included in the User Guide.


    Microdata: Family Characteristics, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4442.0.55.001)
    Expected release: November / December 2011

    Microdata available on this Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (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, Australia (cat. no. 4442.0.55.001) explaining data content, technical details and conditions will be available.


    Microdata: General Social Survey (cat. no. 4159.0.30.002) Expanded CURF, Australia
    Expected release: November / December 2011

    An Expanded confidentialised unit record file from the 2010 General Social Survey, which brings together a wide range of information to enable it to be linked 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 will also be provided with the file.

    Microdata: Business Longitudinal Database, CURF, Australia, 2004-05 to 2009-10 (cat. no. 8168.0.55.001)
    Expected release: 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 Confidentialised Unit Record File (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 for the Business Longitudinal Database, CURF, Australia, (2004-05 to 2009-10) (cat. no. 8168.0.55.002) will provide comprehensive information for BLD CURF users.

    ABS encourages pre-order applications prior to the 21 December release date, refer Business Longitudinal Database - pre-order today!


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

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


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