2080.0 - Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, ACLD Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/03/2019   
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INTRODUCTION

The Census of Population and Housing is conducted every five years to measure the number of people and dwellings in Australia on Census Night. The Census also provides information on the key characteristics of people and dwellings for small geographic areas and small population groups.

The Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) uses data from the Census of Population and Housing to build a rich longitudinal picture of Australian society. The ACLD can uncover new insights into the dynamics and transitions that drive social and economic change over time, and how these vary for diverse population groups and geographies.

Three waves of data have so far contributed to the ACLD from the 2006 Census (Wave 1), 2011 Census (Wave 2) and 2016 Census (Wave 3).

There are two ACLD panels, representing a 5% sample of records from the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census respectively. The 2006 Panel comprises records from the original 2006 ACLD sample linked to records from the 2011 Census and the 2016 Census. The 2011 Panel is linked to records from the 2016 Census.

There are three ACLD datasets:

    • the original 2006-11 linkage released in 2013, and updated in 2016 with three Visa data items from the Department of Social Services’ Settlement Database
    • the 2011-16 linkage which includes an updated 2011 Panel to account for births and migrants since the 2006 Census
    • the 2006-11-16 linkage which includes a relink of the 2006 Panel to the 2011 Census to take advantage of improved linking methodology since the initial release, and has then been linked to records from the 2016 Census.

Microdata products are the most detailed information available from a Census or survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire. They also include derived data from answers to two or more questions and are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.


AVAILABLE PRODUCTS

DataLab - for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages
  • Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-11-16
  • Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2011-2016
  • Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-2011

TableBuilder - an online tool for creating tables and graphs
  • Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-11-16
  • Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2011-2016
  • Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-2011

Further information about TableBuilder and DataLab, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page.


APPLYING FOR ACCESS

Before applying for access to TableBuilder, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the TableBuilder User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005).

To apply for access to TableBuilder, please register and apply from the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS website.

Information about TableBuilder can be found on the Microdata Entry Page.

If you already are a registered TableBuilder user Login in here.

To apply for access to the ACLD in DataLab, please contact Microdata Access Strategies via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

Information about the DataLab can be found on the About the DataLab page.


SUPPORT

For support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on 02 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Customised tables are available on a fee-for-service basis. A consultancy service is available for complex analysis and modelling. For further information, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.


FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information about the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset can be found on the ACLD page.
Further information about ABS statistical data integration is available on the ABS Data Integration page.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, or email client.services@abs.gov.au. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.