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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2003  
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ACCESSING CONFIDENTIALISED UNIT RECORD FILES (CURFS)

People wishing to undertake their own analysis of aspects of physical activity, or other issues covered by the 2001 National Health Survey can do so by accessing the confidentialised unit record file (CURF), which was released on 8 April 2003. The CURF is available on CD-ROM and via the new Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), a system which allows approved clients access to CURF data at their desktop via a secure Internet link. In addition to state and territory information, the RADL file also contains more detailed information than the CD-ROM file for a range of other variables. More information on the data content of both formats is available in the 2001 NHS CURF Information Paper, which can be downloaded from the ABS website.

With the release of the RADL, the ABS introduced new arrangements for accessing CURFs, including the requirement for both organisations and individual CURF users to submit applications and undertakings. The RADL is now available for clients to access all CURFs previously released on CD-ROM, in addition to the expanded version of the 2001 NHS CURF described above.

For further information, contact the ABS CURF Management Unit on (02) 6252 5731 or email intermediary.management@abs.gov.au.



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