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Recent and upcoming CURF releases

MASS is preparing for the expected release of several CURFs in April and May. A summary of each of these CURFs is below for your information.



Expected April releases

Innovation in Australian Business (IABS), 2003, Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Cat.No. 8158.0.55.01

This is an expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) from the Innovation Survey 2003. The Innovation survey provides statistics on business innovation in Australia and key characteristics of innovating businesses. The CURF will contain unidentified individual statistical records with information about Australian businesses that innovated during the three years ended December 2003. The 2003 Innovation in Australian Business CURF will be available via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) as an Expanded File only. Detailed information about the contents of the IABS 2003 CURF will be available on the ABS website in the IABS 2003 Technical Paper (cat. no. 8158.0.55.002).


General Social Survey, 2006, Basic and Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Cat.No. 4159.0.30.001 (Basic), Cat.No. 4159.0.30.002 (Expanded)

A Basic and Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File from the 2006 General Social Survey, this CURF draws together' information from 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, residential mobility, 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. Some information is also included on visa status.

Labour Mobility Survey, February 2006, Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File, Cat.No. 6202.0.30.004

The Labour Mobility Survey was conducted in Australia in February 2006. This CURF presents information about people aged 15 years and over who worked at some time during the year ending February 2006.

The February 2006 survey was redesigned and data items and populations that referred to locality, are no longer available, as the information was not collected in the February 2006 survey.

New data items were introduced to provide information on people who had worked with their current employer/business for one year or more, and had changes in the work undertaken with their current employer/business in the last 12 months. These data items include whether promoted or transferred, whether changed usual hours worked and whether changed occupation.

A number of socio-demographic data items were also collected and are included on the CURF, including capital city/balance of state; State/Territory of usual residence; age; sex; family status; marital status; birthplace and year of arrival in Australia. Also included are details on labour force status; occupation; industry; educational qualifications; employment type; status in employment; full-time/part-time status; duration with employer/business; reason for ceasing last job; paid sick/holiday leave entitlements and number of employers or businesses in the last 12 months.


Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, 2003-04, 2nd Edition, Basic and Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Cat No. 6540.0

The Second Edition of the Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, 2003-04 CURFs include additional data on the HES files only. The new items relate to the effects of selected government benefits and taxes on household income. and are derived from the survey data in conjunction with other data. The items include household taxes on production (previously referred to as indirect taxes), social transfers in kind (STIK) (previously referred to as indirect benefits) and final household income (disposable income plus STIK minus taxes on production).


Expected May releases

Household Expenditure Survey, 1998-99, 3rd Edition, Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File, Cat. No. 6544.0.30.001

This The third edition of this CURF contains additional information on taxes on production (previously referred to as indirect taxes) based on the revised methodology which was developed for the 2003-04 study of the effects of government benefits and taxes on household income. This will facilitate comparison of the taxes on production information between the 1998-99 and 2003-04 CURFs.


Recently Released

Multi Purpose Household Survey, 2005-06, Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Cat. No. 4100.0

The Multi Purpose Household Survey (MPHS) was conducted in Australia from July 2005 to June 2006. With the exception of the Work related injuries topic, data for each topic were obtained from one randomly selected person aged 15 years or over in 14,219 private dwelling households across Australia (excluding very remote areas). For the Work related injuries topic, data were obtained from an additional 15,016 private dwelling households (giving a total of 29,235 private dwelling households) to improve the reliability of the estimates.

The 2005-06 MPHS collected data on five topics: Household use of information technology; Participation in sport and physical activity; Attendance at selected culture and leisure venues and events; Sports attendance; Work-related injuries.

For more information, please refer to the Multi Purpose Household Survey (2005-06) CURF Information Paper (Cat.No. 4100.0).

Please be aware that MASS regularly updates the List of CURFs Expected to be Released on the ABS website as new information about future CURF releases come to hand.

    For detailed information about all new and existing CURFs available refer to List of Available CURFs.

    If you have any questions or would like more information about the items listed please contact us.

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