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ABS Statistical Data Integration


Statistical data integration involves bringing together data from different sources, at the unit level (i.e. for an individual person or organisation) or micro level (e.g. information for a small geographic area), to enable analysis of a combined set of information for statistical and research purposes.

Data integration may also be referred to as data linkage. Data linkage describes one part of the integration process; where like data from two sources are matched or ‘linked’ to create a cohesive record for each unit common to datasets. More information about the linkage process is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section.


The ABS recognises data as a valuable asset. Statistical data integration creates new opportunities to use existing data for research, reducing the need to collect additional information from people and organisations.

ABS data integration activities are subject to the Commonwealth data integration arrangements. For more information about Commonwealth data integration initiatives and arrangements, see the National Statistical Service website.

The ABS is an accredited Integrating Authority under the interim Commonwealth data integration arrangements. All data integration projects undertaken by the ABS are executed in a manner consistent with the High Level Principles for Data Integration Involving Commonwealth Data for Statistical and Research Purposes and with the requirements of the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board.

The ABS treats privacy obligations very seriously. All projects run by the ABS comply with the Privacy Act 1988, the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and the ABS Act 1975. The legislation under which the ABS operates prohibits the disclosure of identifiable information (such as name, address, and date of birth information) of a personal or domestic nature under any circumstances.

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