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Microdata prices

Microdata access is priced in accordance with ABS Pricing Policy and Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines.

To ensure our services are sustainable and meet customer needs we have moved our cost recovery to a new annual subscription basis, ensuring a service that offers benefits such as:

  • access to the latest microdata within your subscription, as well as ongoing access to historic microdata, to create powerful stories about change and transformation
  • reduced registration red tape
  • improved help facilities tailored to your needs.
Microdata subscriptions are provided by grouping relevant datasets into data series. For a full listing of the datasets that are included in each data series, refer to the Expected and Available Microdata page.

Subscriptions for Microdata Access during 2014-15Prices (incl. GST)

TableBuilder Pro data series for Census 2011 and 2006 data$3,900 (for large organisations)
$2,200 (for small to medium organisations)
TableBuilder data series for all other TableBuilder data$1,950 (for large organisations)
$1,100 (for small to medium organisations)

Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)
Expanded CURF data series in Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)$2,320 (for large organisations)
$1,320 (for small to medium organisations)
Other Microdata Products and ServicesPrices (incl. GST)
Census TableBuilder Basic 2011 and 2006 dataFree
Census DataPacksFree

Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)
Basic CURF on CD-ROM$2,690 (for large organisations)
$1,790 (for small to medium organisations)
ABS Data Laboratory first session (3.5 hours or part thereof)$2,820 per first session
Additional ABS Data Laboratory sessions (3.5 hours or part thereof)$605 per subsequent session
Specialist CURF prepared to client's data requirementsPrice on application - contact

ABS determines the size of an organisation based on employment in accordance with the definitions provided in 1321.0 - Small Business publication. Individuals not associated with an organisation can also subscribe to microdata services. Contact for prices and further information.

How to pay

You can add data series to your organisation's annual subscription at any time of year. Contact for further information.

An invoice will be emailed to the organisation following approval by ABS of the microdata application. Once payment is received, then access is granted.

Staff and students of universities participating in the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement will not be invoiced. This is because Universities Australia has paid for access on behalf of participating universities.

How to apply

To apply for TableBuilder products and Census DataPacks, register and apply through the Registration Centre.

To apply for Basic and Expanded CURFs, register and apply through MiCRO. Expanded CURFs are accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

Other products and services

Information Consultancy
Census products and services

Related links

Access Modes and Levels of Detail - which Microdata product should I use?
Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Products and Services, 2011


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