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2001 Census of Population and Housing - Household Sample File - 2001 Product Brief

Household Sample File - Product Brief
ABS Catalogue No. 2037.0

Product Description

The 2001 Census Household Sample File (HSF) is a comprehensive unit record file of Census characteristics, containing a one per cent random sample of private households and associated persons, and a one per cent random sample of persons in non-private dwellings. The HSF is produced for model testing and statistical analysis. It is designed and produced after consultation with past users of Household Sample Files and other major users of Census data. The structure of the CURF is expected to be similar to the 1996 HSF. Most of the classificatory details available from the 2001 Census are available on the HSF. However, some fields, such as birthplace, industry, occupation and qualification have been collapsed to less detailed levels, in order to meet the ABS' confidentiality requirements.


The CURF contains information relating to three record types: dwellings, families and persons. The dwelling record covers topics such as dwelling type and structure, number of bedrooms, housing costs and number of motor vehicles. The family record includes family income and family type. The person record includes age, sex, birthplace, language, income, occupation, qualifications and labour force characteristics. Detailed documentation is provided
with the CURF.

Sampling Error

Information about sampling errors associated with statistics produced from the HSF is contained in technical documentation provided with the file.


The HSF is released under strict conditions, and clients are required to sign an undertaking stating that the information will only be used for statistical purposes. Each undertaking is subject to the approval by the Australian Statistician before the HSF can be released.

Special Arrangements for Universities

Special arrangements exist between the ABS and the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee, making confidentialised unit record files, such as the HSF, more readily available to Australian Universities for research. It is expected that the 2001 HSF will be available through this arrangement.

Output Format

Two versions of the CURF are available: A Basic CURF available on CD-ROM or accessed through the RADL, and an Expanded CURF available through the RADL only. The RADL is an on-line database query system, under which microdata are held on a server at the ABS, to which users can submit programs to interrogate, analyse, model, etc. the data, and can access the results. For further information about this facility see the ABS web site, Access to ABS CURFs.
The RADL CURF contains similar information to the CD-ROM CURF, except that some items are shown in more detail. Both the Basic CD-ROM and Expanded RADL versions of the CURF are available in SAS and SPSS. It is anticipated both CURFs will be available in STATA in the future.

Release Date

September 2003


The pricing of this product is covered by CURF Prices

Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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