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Appendix 6.1 - Disclosure of unidentified information

The Statistics Determination (Statutory Rules 1983 No. 19) made by the Minister under section 13 of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 provides for the disclosure, with the approval in writing of the Australian Statistician, of specified classes of information. Clause 7 of the Determination provides for the disclosure of unidentified individual statistical records in a manner that is not likely to enable the identification of the person or organisation to which they relate.

In accordance with Clause 7, the ABS provides access to Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) under strict conditions. More information on CURFs can be found in Chapter 11, Quality and timeliness, and Chapter 12, Communication of statistics. The ABS website also contains information about CURFs (see http://www.abs.gov.au - Services - CURF microdata).

In terms of Clause 7, a disclosure of unidentified information occurs when the Statistician or delegate gives approval for an organisation to access a CURF. Individual users in that organisation can then apply to the ABS for access to that CURF.

The first table below lists the CURFs for which organisations were given approval to access in 2007-08. The second table provides the number of approvals given for organisations over the last three financial years.

Appendix Table 6.1A: Statistical Collections for which approval was given to disclose unidentified information in 2007-08.


Survey Date
Adult literacy and life skills survey
2006
Aspects of literacy survey
1996
Australians' employment and unemployment patterns survey
1994-97
Business growth and performance survey
For combined years: 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97 and
1997-98
Census 1% sample file
1981
Census 1% sample file
1986
Census 1% sample file
1991
Census 1% sample file
1996
Census of population and housing
2001
Child care survey
1996
Child care survey
1999
Child care survey
2002
Child care survey
2005
Disability, ageing and carers survey
1993
Disability, ageing and carers survey
1998
Disability, ageing and carers survey
2003
Education and training survey
1997
Education and training survey
2005
Education and work survey
2001
Education and work survey
2003
Education and work survey
2005
Education and work survey
2007
Education, training and information technology survey
2001
Employment arrangements and superannuation survey
2000
Family characteristics survey
2003
Forms of employment survey
1998
General social survey
2002
General social survey
2006
Household expenditure survey
1975-76
Household expenditure survey
1984
Household expenditure survey
1988-89
Household expenditure survey
1993-94
Household expenditure survey (third edition)
1998-99
Household expenditure survey (second edition) and income and housing survey
2003-04
Household expenditure survey and income and housing survey (third edition)
2003-04
Income and housing costs and amenities survey
1990
Income and housing costs survey
1994-95
Income and housing costs survey
1995-96
Income and housing costs survey
1996-97
Income and housing costs survey
1999-2000
Income and housing costs survey
2000-01
Income and housing survey
1982
Income and housing survey
2002-03
Income and housing survey
2003-04
Income and housing survey
2005-06
Income and housing survey (second edition)
2005-06
Income distribution survey
1986
Innovation in Australian business survey
2003
Labour force survey and employee earnings, benefits and trade union membership survey
August 2004
Labour force survey and employee earnings, benefits and trade union membership survey
August 2006
Labour force survey and labour mobility survey
February 2006
Labour mobility survey
1984
Labour mobility survey
1991
Labour mobility survey
1994
Multi-purpose household survey
2004-05
Multi-purpose household survey
2005-06
Multi-purpose household survey
2006-07
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey
2004-05
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey
2002
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survey
1994
National crime and safety survey
2002
National crime and safety survey
2005
National health survey
1977-78
National health survey
1983
National health survey
1989-90
National health survey
1995
National health survey
2001
National health survey
2004-05
National health survey (Indigenous file)
2001
National survey of mental health and wellbeing of adults (2nd revised)
1997
Personal safety survey
2005
Pregnancy and employment transitions survey
2005
Time use survey
1997
Time use survey
2006
Training and education survey
1993
Voluntary work in Australia survey
2000


The total number of disclosures of unidentified information, under clause 7 of the Statistics Determination, are shown in the following table.
Appendix Table 6.1B: Disclosure of Unidentified Information - Number of approvals given



Clause 7 - number of approvals (a)
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08

Universities (b)
155
132
133
Other
216
198
136
Total
371
330
269

(a) Does not include renewals of previously approved CURFs
(b) Under the agreement with Universities Australia to provide access for research and teaching purposes.


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