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Frequently Asked Questions - Who can access CURFs? - Can overseas clients apply for an ABS CURF?
 

The ABS will not generally release CURF data to overseas applicants.

Currently the ABS has a Memorandum of Understanding between the ABS and Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) for reciprocal CURF access arrangements, which allows access to ABS Basic and Expanded and SNZ Basic CURFs.

The ABS will consider, on a case-by-case basis, all other overseas applications to access CURFs.

To be considered, overseas applicants must fulfil two criteria:
1. they must generally be affiliated with an Australian university or government department, or their country’s National Statistical Office (such as the US Census Bureau, Statistics New Zealand, Statistics Canada etc).

2. the study has to be demonstrably of use to Australia. Some examples of work meeting this criteria might include: producing international comparisons in an area of topical interest; an overseas organisation undertaking policy relevant work on behalf of Australia; methodological work that leads to improved data collection practices and methods in Australia; and research likely to result in Australia reviewing policy.

The ABS cannot guarantee that a CURF application from an overseas applicant will be approved. Release of CURFs to any organisation, Australian or otherwise, is always at the discretion of the Australian Statistician.

A list of National Statistical Offices can be accessed at www.census.gov/population/international/links/stat_int.html


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