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1406.0.55.002 - User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), Mar 2006  
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Contents >> Frequently asked questions >> Mandatory requirements

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

What are ABS unit identifiers and why do I need to use them?
How do I find out what the unit record identifiers are?
Which datasets must include ABS unit identifiers?
Will all CURFs contain the same unit record identifiers?
What is a RADL audit?
Are there any other mandatory requirements for using the RADL?

What are ABS unit identifiers and why do I need to use them?
The ABS unit identifiers are unique unit record identifiers that can be used to match the multiple levels of a dataset together. Common examples include:

ABSHID ABS Person Identifier
ABSFID ABS Family Identifier
ABSIID ABS Income Unit Identifier
ABSPID ABS Person Identifier
ABSCID ABS All Conditions Identifier
ABSRSID ABS Restrictions Identifier
ABSSAID ABS Specific Activities Identifier
ABSRCID ABS All Recipients Identifier
ABSBAID ABS Broad Activities Identifier
ABSAPID ABS Providers of Assistance Identifier

The ABS unit identifiers also enable the automated checking facilities in the RADL to perform confidentiality checks, and assist in the automated clearance of your output. You must retain all ABS unit identifiers when running jobs and creating saved datasets containing unit record data. When jobs are run without retaining the ABS unit identifiers, this will cause the job to fail and it will not generate any output.

How do I find out what the unit record identifiers are?
Refer to the RADL documentation for each CURF you are using to see which ABS unit identifiers are used in that CURF. The documentation is in the 'CURF reference documentation' link of the navigator of the RADL.

Which datasets must include ABS unit identifiers?
All datasets that you create that include unit record data must contain the ABS assigned unit identifier fields for that data. This includes your temporary (work) datasets. Do not drop unit identifier fields (i.e. if you only keep a subset of variables, the unit identifier fields must be in this subset). Do not rename these fields. Make sure you input these fields if you are reading a text data file version of a CURF. Saved files containing aggregate data only do not need to retain unit identifiers.

Will all CURFs contain the same unit record identifiers?
Unit identifiers are not always the same and may not always remain the same for different year versions of the same CURF. For example, the National Health Survey, 2001 contains two unit identifiers, while the National Health Survey, 2004-05 contains five unit identifiers.

What is a RADL audit?
Audits of jobs submitted to the RADL are conducted throughout the year by the ABS. The purpose of these audits is to identify confidentiality issues within users' code, log or output files. Confidentiality issues may arise through users failing to follow, accidentally or otherwise, restrictions or rules for using the RADL.

For each job that is audited, the code, log and output files are manually inspected by ABS staff. If a confidentiality issue is identified, the user will be notified. Users are required to cooperate with any ABS directions in respect to their code and output.

Are there any other mandatory requirements for using the RADL?
To view all mandatory requirement for using the RADL see the Rules and restrictions for use section of this User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

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