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1104.0 - CURF Microdata News, Mar 2007  
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Welcome to MASS Media. This is a regular section in the CURF Microdata Newsletter that seeks to inform users about new CURF self-help products and changes to our self-help information.


Release of the Step By Step Guide on Applying for and managing ABS Confidential Unit Record Files (CURFs)

MASS will be releasing a new user guide which summarises the key things users need to know about CURF access. Called
Applying for and managing ABS Confidential Unit Record Files (CURFs) - A Step by Step Guide , it provides clients with:

      1. procedural information about applying for CURFs, and
      2. clear summary information about what ABS expects of its users in the management of CURF data and access.
The Step By Step Guide includes a number of best practice tips about accessing CURFs. For example:
Leaving your organisation?
If so, you must return all copies of CURF microdata to your organisation's Contact Officer or the ABS, and must surrender your access to RADL.
Please contact your organisation’s CURF Contact Officer at least ten working days before leaving the organisation and return any copies of CURFs on CD-ROM and accesses.

Importantly, the Step By Step Guide provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities for CURF Individual Users, CURF Contact Officers, CURF Responsible Officers, CURF Consultants and their Sponsoring Organisations.

The guide will be available to down load shortly from the CURF web pages via www.abs.gov.au>Services we provide>Accessing CURF Microdata. We welcome feedback on the Guide to our address <microdata.access@abs.gov.au>.


New and changed CURF Microdata pages on the ABS website

MASS is committed to continually improving its web presence for the benefit of its growing and diverse client base. This month, new information on CURF Security and Confidentiality was released on the website. Information about CURF Security and Confidentiality is available through the Frequently Asked Questions, on the CURF Microdata Entry Page.

Information on the Frequently Asked Questions>Applying for CURF Microdata page has been restructured and now contains Frequently Asked Questions related directly to applying for CURFs. When published, the Step by Step Guide (link)? will also provide useful information on this topic.

Additionally, the CURF Research Activities have been restructured to enable easier navigation through published research. The Research Activities are now listed by CURF, rather than by year, making it easier to navigate through references to publications and other CURF research outputs. This information on research outputs was submitted by clients in the Annual Renewal process.

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