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Penalties for Breaching the CURF Undertaking

Subsection 19 (3) of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 provides that a person who fails to comply with the conditions outlined in the Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) Undertaking is guilty of an indictable offence, punishable on conviction by a fine of 120 penalty units ($20,400) or imprisonment for two years, or both.

Individual CURF users are not required to sign an Undertaking. Rather, they are bound by the Undertaking signed by their organisation’s Responsible Officer.

Additionally, under the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement CURFs are provided for research, teaching and permitted commercial uses. Other uses are in breach of that Agreement.

If at any time, you are unsure about your organisation's compliance with the CURF Undertaking or with the terms and conditions of the ABS/Universities Agreement, please contact

Related links:
User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs
Applying for CURF Microdata

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