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IN THIS ISSUE
A number of important CURFs are featured in this Newsletter. They include the 2006 Census 5% Sample File CURF released on 13 May as well as the 2007 Mental Health and Wellbeing CURFs, released in April. Both have been eagerly taken up by researchers and processing applications for these CURFs has kept the Microdata Access team very busy over the last couple of months.
We are also anticipating the release of the 2007/08 National Health Survey (NHS) CURFs in July. The NHS CURFs are among the most heavily used of all ABS CURFs and we expect a strong demand for the new releases. Another CURF for which we expect a strong take up is the Business Longitudinal Database. Its predecessor, the Business Longitudinal Survey, last released in 2000 has been cited more often in the scholarly and other literature than any other CURF.
For more information about all these CURFs read more below.
Director, ABS Microdata Access Strategies
NEW CURF RELEASES
This part of the Newsletter provides information on recent and forthcoming CURF releases. Keep up to date with CURF releases by subscribing to the ABS Email Notification Service or the ABS RSS Feed.
Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2006. Released: 31 March, 2009
The survey was designed to provide statistics on the composition and distribution of earnings and hours of employees and whether their pay is set by award, collective agreement or individual agreement. Distribution and composition of average weekly earnings and hours of employees is classified by sex, adult/junior, full-time/part-time, managerial/non-managerial, industry, State/Territory, sector (private/government), employer unit size and composition of earnings and hours paid for.
The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing CURFs contain confidentialised data about each selected person and the household to which they belong. Data is also available based on diagnosis, mental health condition, and consultations for mental health (service use).
The 2006 Expanded Census Sample File (CSF) is a comprehensive 5% Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) containing census characteristics, for a random sample of person, family, household and dwelling variables. The CSF is produced for model testing and statistical analysis.
For comprehensive information about these CURFs see the List of Available CURFs web page.
Both the Basic and Expanded CURFs will contain information about:
Microdata: Childhood Education and Care Survey, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2008. Indicative release: 29 July, 2009
This CURF presents information on children aged 0-12 years and their families. Information was collected about the use of formal and informal care, requirements for additional preschool/kindergarten or formal care, patterns of child care attendance, child care costs, the use of the child care benefit, working arrangements used by parents to help care for their children and parental income.
The CURF also presents characteristics of children aged 0-8 in their early learning years through the collection of information about the types of formal, non-formal and informal learning activities they engage in and the environments in which these activities take place. Information is also collected about patterns of attendance at preschool/kindergarten and school, including historical and usual attendance, and frequency of attendance.
USING THE ABS DATA LABORATORY
There are no automated protections of data in the ABSDL. This means that in the ABSDL users can access the microdata itself and undertake cross tabulations and other forms of analysis beyond what is possible in RADL. To ensure confidentiality of respondents is protected, all ABSDL outputs are vetted by ABS staff before their release to the user.
ABSDL is available in ABS offices in all states and territories.
But free to university users
Want to know more?
Visit our ABSDL webpage or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CURF APPLICATION FORMS: REVISED
We have revised several of our application forms:
Individual User Special Conditions Form
Responsible Officer Special Conditions Form
Request for Access to a CURF (REQ1)
As a side note, our on-line processing system "MiCRO" (see our February 2009 newsletter) is approaching full roll out. Many of the functions of these and other application forms will be incorporated into the on-line system.
Short Cuts is a regular feature highlighting tips and reminders for CURF users and Contact Officers.
Q1. Do I need to do anything if my statistical purpose changes?
Answer: Yes! A new Request for Access to a CURF (REQ1) is required. Part of the approval process includes analysis and approval of the statistical purpose in accordance with the ABS legislation. Accordingly, a change in statistical purpose requires another REQ1 application and assessment.
Q2. How can I ensure the fastest turn around for my application?
Answer: We aim to deliver application assessments within twenty working days of receiving a completed application. A completed application includes detailed statistical purposes and outputs and has special conditions forms attached if required. Please also ensure that applications are clearly printed or typed. Processing delays most frequently occur when we need to refer the application back to the Individual User for more information or clarity.
RADL: NEW AND IMPROVED
The underlying CURF protections in the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) are currently being upgraded to automate a number of the checking and auditing processes. There will be improvements in the automation of protections for geographical variables and indigenous variables as well as other general and special conditions. These changes will make it easier for users to work within the CURF rules, and will decrease the amount of withheld output awaiting ABS clearance.
So how will this affect you?
Initially the changes will be implemented for SAS only. Releases are planned for STATA and SPSS in the future. When the new SAS version is released, it will be necessary for the ABS to delete all SAS saved datasets as a one-off exercise. Users will be notified by email before any deletions occur. Following this, all saved datasets that users create in SAS will automatically use the new protections.
If you would like more information about RADL please email email@example.com or visit the RADL section of our website.
IMPROVING OUR CURF MICRODATA WEB PAGES
The Microdata Access Strategies team are currently redeveloping all CURF Microdata web pages and updating the content and design of the pages. In coming months you will notice:
Help us to help you
Since these changes are designed to make use of the pages easier, we are keen to get your input on their effectiveness. If you would like to review the new pages and provide feedback before their release please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will arrange test access to the revised CURF pages.
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