How to Apply for Microdata

Census TableBuilder Basic datasets can be accessed as a guest user without registering.

For access to all other TableBuilder and microdata data series, users will need to register and subscribe. A user whose organisation subscribes to TableBuilder or microdata will be automatically joined to their organisation for immediate access to subscribed products.

Step 1: Register and activate your account STEP 1. REGISTER AND ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Register and agree to terms & conditions.

  • Use your organisation email address when registering.
  • If you are not sure if you have previously registered, contact or phone 1300 135 070 before re-registering.
  • You will receive an email asking you to activate your account by clicking on the link.
  • If you are a user in more than one organisation, you will need to register separately using each organisation's email address.

Step 2: Subscribe STEP 2. SUBSCRIBE

Send an email to including your name, organisation, user ID number and the microdata product and system you are interested in.
  • The ABS processes the application and advises you and your organisation's Contact Officer of the outcome.
  • The ABS contacts your organisation's Contact Officer to arrange payment (if required). Credit card is the preferred payment method.
  • If you are applying for basic or expanded CURFs or detailed microdata files, the head of your organisation must also submit a Responsible Officer Undertaking to the ABS. See Responsible Use of ABS Microdata user guide.

Step 3: Access data STEP 3. ACCESS DATA

Basic CURFs
  • Log into MicrodataDownload.
  • Alternatively, if your organisation has previously received basic CURFs on CD-ROM, your Contact Officer can provide you with access once you have registered and joined your organisation in the Registration Centre.
  • Log into Registration Centre for a list of your organisation's Contact Officers.

Expanded CURFs and Detailed Microdata in DataLab
  • See About the DataLab for information on which organisations may apply for access to detailed microdata.
  • Contact with your name, organisation and the microdata file you are interested in accessing.
  • Each user must sign a Declaration of Compliance, Individual Undertaking and attend face-to-face training.

Expanded CURFs in RADL
  • RADL is being decommissioned and is available for existing users only. New users should apply for access to Expanded CURFs in the DataLab.
  • Contact with your name, user ID, organisation and the expanded CURFs you are interested in accessing.
  • Log into RADL using your RADL log in credentials provided by the ABS.