MADIP Research Projects


All projects that use MADIP data must go through a rigorous assessment and approval process, managed by the ABS. Only authorised researchers will be granted access to de-identified MADIP data for policy analysis, research, and statistical purposes.

All projects are assessed under the Five Safes Framework. For a project to be approved, the ABS and the data custodians (the agencies that collect the data) must agree to the proposed use of the data. The project must be assessed as being in the public interest and be in accordance with the legislation of the relevant agencies. All users are legally obliged to use data responsibly for approved purposes, comply with the conditions of access, and maintain confidentiality of data. To apply for access to MADIP data for research purposes or to submit a query, email

Below is a list of approved research projects that use MADIP data, listed under the following topics:

This page will be updated on a quarterly basis.


Better understanding the impact of health and social factors on the transition from education to workAustralian Government Department of Education and Training (2018)

This project aims to understand the significant social and health risk factors identified in MADIP that prevent Australians from completing their tertiary studies and transitioning from tertiary education (including Vocational Education and Training and university studies) to employment.

Benefits of Educational Attainment - Australian Government Department of Education and Training (2018)

This project will use MADIP data to showcase the social, health and welfare benefits of education and training for Australians and Australian society as a whole. The project will help the department communicate the importance of education and training to the Australian public and thereby build social licence for education and training policy. This project will also contrast outcomes for different educational pathways to inform more efficient and effective policy initiatives.


Filling in the picture: Utilising MADIP to understand equity with Australia’s tax, transfer (welfare) and health systems - Australian National University (2018)

The project will use MADIP to understand the operation and outcome of the tax, transfer (also called ‘welfare’) and health systems within Australia. The project will provide information on the geographic, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the population found to relate to taxable income, income support payments, and health service usage.


Experiences of people with disability - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2018)

The project will use MADIP to examine receipt of Medicare Benefits Schedule services and income support payments by a subset of people with disability and their carers. It is part of a broader project that seeks to improve the evidence base around the experiences of people with disability and their carers in key life areas, such as in relation to health, income, social support, employment, education, housing, justice, and safety.

Exploring the use of government funded health servicesThe Treasury (2018)

This project will use exploratory data analysis to better understand how people use government funded health services, by looking at patterns of Medicare Benefits Schedule used. Additionally, the project aims to understand which groups are using government funded health services, by looking at characteristics such as income, age, sex, geography and private health insurance coverage.

Disability and the social determinants for health in AustraliaUniversity of Melbourne (2018)

This project will explore the health-effects of social and economic disadvantage experience by people with disabilities in Australia. This work requires longitudinal information in order to establish cause and effect. For the first time, the project will be able to connect disability information with health outcomes to describe health inequalities for people with a disability and how these inequalities are changing over time. The MADIP data can transform the quality of evidence and enable better targeting of policies and services.

Mapping inequities for people with disability University of Sydney (2018)

This project aims to identify, map and analyse the distribution of social, economic and health inequities between Australians with and without a disability. Using the integrated data platforms available in MADIP we will map and track indicators of social, economic and health outcomes of working age people with disabilities compared to people without disabilities at an aggregate level across Australia. The project also intends to identify the determinants of inequalities in social, economic and health outcomes for people with and without a disability.

Feasibility studies: using microdata from the MADIP to help inform and evaluate government products and services relating to Disability, Ageing, Carers, and Mental Health - Australian Bureau of Statistics (2018)

This project will investigate the feasibility of using microdata from the MADIP to provide insight into the design and evaluation of government policies, programs, and services in relation to Disability, Ageing, Carers, and Mental Health.

A range of feasibility studies will aim to identify predictive factors and quantify the impact of those factors on, for example, a person’s mental health and/or physical health, and/or disability status. The anticipated outcomes will be to prepare case studies for key stakeholders to showcase the potential benefits of research using microdata from the MADIP to assist with the design, evaluation, and better targeting of relevant Government policies.

Compare Health Service Use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous peopleDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2017)

In this project, MADIP data are used to explore Medicare expenditure by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to examine health services use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared with non-Indigenous people, disaggregated by geographic region.

GP Supply and Demand - Department of Health (2017)

Microdata from the MADIP will be used to support and inform health workforce planning. The data will complement other health related data and population data, to form the basis of demand estimates for a General Practitioner (GP) Supply and Demand Study.


Qualification mismatch and earningsAustralian National University (2018)

This project will utilise MADIP data to estimate the earning penalty associated with qualification mismatch for works of various ethnic groups. The research team anticipate that qualification mismatch will have different effects on earnings for workers of different ethnic groups, with the variations reflecting qualification recognition and discrimination in the labour market.

Examination of the gender wage gapDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2018)

The purpose of this project is to examine the gender pay gap and explore if women within certain industries or with certain characteristics are more vulnerable to a wide wage gap compared to male colleagues with similar characteristics. The anticipated outcome from this project is to contribute to ongoing policy discussion related to women’s economic security.

The Distribution of Income Growth in AustraliaReserve Bank of Australia (2018)

This project aims to use MADIP to better understand the dynamics of income growth and how this is associated with population characteristics. This project will provide public value by developing a greater understanding of drivers of the distribution of income and hence the determinants of income inequality in Australia.

Explore characteristics and circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who report being unemployed and are not engaged with the welfare systemDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2017)

This project uses MADIP data to examine the characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have no reported income; that is, working-age adults who are not employed and not engaged with the welfare system. The findings from this project will inform Governments and service providers in developing policies and delivering programs to improve employment, health, and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Benefits of MADIP microdata for microsimulation modelling - The Treasury (2017)

This project will investigate the potential of microdata from the MADIP to enhance Treasury’s capability to analyse the interactions between taxes, transfers and Government services. A particular focus will be on the suitability of the MADIP data for use in microsimulation modelling of Government programs.


Use of Government Services by Older AustraliansDepartment of Health (2018)

This project will test methods of engaging effectively with policy areas across portfolios for data analysis and will support discovery of analytical insights that inform policies regarding how the funding for government services for older Australians is expended.

The project will identify the extent to which policies and programs are interacting with the client groups. It will identify opportunities for policy makers and program managers to work together to better deliver those services, identify duplications and gaps, and unintended outcomes when services are looked at as a whole.

Pathways for workers affected by industry downturnDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2018)

This project will explore use of MADIP and other datasets to examine the different pathways workers take when they are the subject of industry downturn, with a particular focus on those who either were or continue to be affected by automotive industry closures. This analysis aims to support such structural adjustment policy measures by providing evidence of the factors that enable or limit workers making successful transitions.

Pathways of Farmers in Drought-Declared AreasDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2018)

The purpose of this analysis using MADIP and other datasets will be to examine how the government can better support farmers to respond to drought or, alternately, transition to new opportunities. Initially the project will focus on farmers and regions in long-term drought declared regions in Queensland and which factors are correlated (positively or negatively) with successful transition of these farmers to alternate industries or areas. Following phases will focus on farmers in different drought-declared areas across Australia and possibly also consider farmers in non-drought areas as a comparison group.

Exploration of Characteristics of DisadvantageDepartment of Social Services (2018)

This projects aims to investigate the characteristics of disadvantage as captured within MADIP. It will consider links between disadvantage as seen in the social security system to disadvantage apparent in health and tax data.

Understanding welfare trajectories for homeless and vulnerable people - Department of Treasury and Finance, South Australia (2018)

This project will undertake analyses of disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless population groups in South Australia, with a particular focus on their access to social security and basic medical services.

The effects of Paid Parental leave take-up on income shifting and the health and health care use outcomes of Australian women - Macquarie University (2018)

This project will evaluate the impact of Paid Parental Leave on income shifting and the health and health care use outcomes of Australian women. This project will make use of MADIP and Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) data.

Australian Life Tables – Retirement Income Sub Tables - Australian Government Actuary (2017)

This project is focused on analysing and evaluating sub group mortality rates for all Australians aged over 65. It seeks to identify more meaningful predictors of mortality, which will then inform the compilation of more robust and accurate Life Tables.

This information will support Governments in the development of retirement or social welfare policy, and the insurance and superannuation industries to create more relevant retirement income products, which could improve the financial well-being of older Australians.

Occupational Characteristics of WelfareDepartment of Social Services (2017)

This project will help support understanding of the characteristics of entrants into long-term welfare, including the Disability Support Pension, to better inform early intervention strategies and program planning. It will assess whether the number of claimants can be reduced over time through more and better quality interventions. The effectiveness of the quantity and quality of current early interventions will also be assessed. The work of this project will support the design of better targeted and more effective policies and services relating to the provision of welfare.


Education Outcome and Choice for Productivity Analysis - Australian Bureau of Statistics (2018)

Better measures on the quality of labour inputs are important for productivity analysis. The purpose of this project is to explore the potential of the MADIP to derive aggregate indicator measures such as labour market experience and education proxy from modelling the relationships between earning, education attainment, and worker characteristics.

Integrated Analysis for Sustainable Regional Development Northern Australia - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (2018)

In line with the Government’s commitment to supporting the development of Northern Australia, this project will demonstrate integration driven insights for a region of northern Australia, delivering specific analyses for that region and developing methods for potential application to other regions and economic sectors around Australia.

Preparation of costings in accordance with the Charter of Budget Honesty - Department of Finance (2018)

The Department of Finance plays an important role in assisting the government across a wide range of policy areas to ensure its outcomes are met. Finance supports the Government’s ongoing priorities through the Budget process and fosters leading practice through the public sector resource management, governance and accountability frameworks. Finance is accountable to the Parliament for the accuracy of program expenditure estimates and has an important role in costing new policy under the Charter of Budget Honesty. To discharge these obligations effectively, the Department of Finance has access to MADIP data.

Characteristics and outcome for businesses and employment in regions with early NBN rolloutDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2018)

This project will explore use of MADIP and other datasets to address the possible impact early National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out had in creating or influencing businesses and employment in regions. The NBN's purpose is to bridge the digital divide, creating greater equity in digital access. This analysis will contribute to evaluating the regional economic impacts of NBN rollout.

To apply for approval to access MADIP data for policy analysis, research, and statistical purposes, contact