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Newsletters - CURF News - December 2005
 
 

CONTENTS

New Family Characteristics Survey (FCS) Expanded CURF
CURF National Client Information Sessions - Outcomes
CURF Renewal Requirements
Survey of Income and Housing Costs CURF - Reissue
New CURF Application and Undertaking for Individual Users
RADL STATA Pilot Test
RADL Christmas arrangements
CURF Emailing List
CMU Staffing


New Family Characteristics Survey (FCS) Expanded CURF due in December 2005
The 2003 Family Characteristics Survey (FCS) collected details on household and family composition including demographic, labour force, and family type. A particular focus of the survey is families with children aged 0-17 years. The additional information collected for these families included information about family structure, the social marital status of the parents, parental income and contact arrangements for children with non-resident parents.

For more information go to Main Features for Family Characteristics ( ABS Cat No. 4442.0)


CURF National Client Information Sessions - Outcomes
ABS is very pleased with the feedback provided by clients and potential clients during the 31 sessions attended by over 400 people conducted in all capital cities during March to May 2005. The CURF Management Unit is looking to develop future client contact sessions to continue providing information to clients and possibly include more detailed RADL and data specific training for clients.

If you are interested in attending a CURF National Client Information Session in your State or Territory in 2006 please contact us at curf.management@abs.gov.au

The relevant Survey Subject Areas have been advised of the client feedback and the ABS is considering many of the issues raised including the following:
  • Progressing the next 2006 Census Household Sample File to provide a 5% Expanded file via the RADL and a 1% on CD-ROM and available via the RADL
  • RADL development to have output in .csv format
  • RADL development to provide STATA access
  • Test files to be available outside the RADL
  • Business Data to be developed including the release of the Innovations Survey in early 2006
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CURF Renewal Requirements
The ABS CURF access arrangements include annual renewal procedures to enable ongoing access for organisations and their individuals.

Individual Users are required to provide details to their Contact Officer on how each CURF has been used in the previous year including published output.

For more information on CURF annual renewals go to Annual Renewal of Access


Survey of Income and Housing Costs CURF - Reissue
An extensive investigation into Income and Housing Costs Survey data was carried out in 2003 in response to concerns that analysis of income inequality over time may have been affected by changes in ABS survey methodologies and estimation procedures from survey cycle to survey cycle. The need for revisions to all years was identified.

Information about the revisions is available at the following links;

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New CURF Application and Undertaking for Individual Users
Follow the What's New link to keep up to date with new CURF developments and to see the new .pdf version of the CURF Application and Undertaking released on 15 November 2005. Previous versions dated prior to November 2005 will no longer be accepted.


RADL STATA Pilot Test
The RADL provides access to more detailed CURF data than can be made available on CD-ROM and is a secure on-line data query service that clients access via the ABS web site. An exciting recent development is the introduction of a STATA pilot test. ABS has 6 registered users who can analyse CURFs using STATA to develop articles for the September 2006 edition of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics.


RADL Christmas arrangements
The ABS will be closed for the period Monday 26 December 2005 to Monday 2 January 2006. Clients will continue to receive RADL automatic output clearance, however no manual clearance service will be available. Please contact Carolyn Kennedy carolyn.kennedy@abs.gov.au if this closure will be of concern to you.


CURF Emailing List
The CURF Management Unit provides regular email updates on new CURFs and CURF access developments. To join our emailing list email curf.management@abs.gov.au. Please advise us of any email address changes to continue receiving CURF information.


Staffing
CMU continue to be available to help you with any queries that cannot be answered from the 'Access to ABS CURFs' web pages. Our staff include Carolyn Kennedy, Simone Maconachie, Bob Osten and Rebecca Sipeki. We wish Donna Goodman good luck as she leaves the CMU this year for a new challenging position in the ABS. Donna will be replaced by Grant Mitchell in January 2006.

CMU CONTACT DETAILS

Assistant Director

Carolyn Kennedy
Telephone: (02) 6252 5853
Email:
carolyn.kennedy@abs.gov.au

Mailing address

Australian Bureau of Statistics

CURF Management Unit
Locked Bag 10
Belconnen ACT 2616

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