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Frequently Asked Questions - Applying for CURFs - Consultants and third party organisations

What is a consultant?

A consultant is a person who is undertaking research for another organisation (known by ABS as the third party organisation). Some consultants are university academics doing a research project for a government agency or other organisation. Other consultants are employed by professional firms undertaking research for government agencies or other organisations.

What is a third party organisation?

An organisation which has hired a consultant is the third party organisation. ABS is the first party organisation involved in CURF access and use. An approved CURF user's organisation is the second party organisation.

Can consultants use CURFs?

Yes, but only if the consultant and their own organisation (the second party organisation) are approved by the ABS to use the CURF.

The CURF application process for consultants is the same as for any other individual, except that the applicant must tell the ABS they are doing research for another organisation, and what outputs they will share with that organisation. ABS needs this information to ensure all those who need to access CURFs gain ABS approval.

Does the third party organisation need to be approved to use the CURF?

If people in the third party organisation will see or share CURF microdata with the consultant then each of those people, and their organisation, must be approved by ABS to access the CURF. For example, a collaborative project where both the consultant and the third party organisation are analysing the microdata would require both parties to be approved to access the CURF.

If people in the third party organisation will not see or share CURF microdata then they do not need to be approved to access the CURF. For example, if the consultant provides aggregated data to the third party, or provides a report with conclusions drawn from analysis of the CURF, then ABS does not require the third party organisation to be approved to access the CURF.

See also About CURF Microdata

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