2085.0 - Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset with Social Security and Related Information, experimental statistics, 2006-2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/08/2017  First Issue
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The Census and Statistics Act 1905 includes a legislative guarantee to respondents that their confidentiality will be protected. This is fundamental to the trust that the Australian public has in the ABS and that trust is in turn fundamental to the excellent quality of ABS information. Without that trust, survey respondents may be less forthcoming or truthful in answering our questionnaires. For more information, see 'Avoiding inadvertent disclosure' and 'Microdata' in How the ABS keeps your information confidential.


In accordance with the Census and Statistics Act 1905, data in TableBuilder are subjected to a confidentiality process before release. The release of microdata must satisfy the ABS legislative obligation to release information in a manner that is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation. This confidentiality process is applied to avoid releasing information that may lead to the identification of individuals, families, households, dwellings or businesses.

Prior to being granted access to TableBuilder users must agree to the following ABS Terms and Conditions of TableBuilder Access:

    • understand that the ABS has taken great care to ensure that the information on the survey output record file is correct and as accurate as possible and understand that ABS does not guarantee, or accept any legal liability whatsoever arising from, or connected to, the use of any material contained within, or derived from TableBuilder.
    • understand that all data extracted from the dataset through TableBuilder will be confidentialised prior to being supplied and that as a result, no reliance should be placed on small cells as they are impacted by random adjustment, and respondent and processing errors.
    • users inform the ABS, through their Contact Officer, upon leaving their organisation so that their access is disabled.
    • not to provide their TableBuilder user ID and password access to any other person or organisation.


The DataLab service is provided on a fully cost recovered basis, with a one-off set up cost, and a per session cost. The costs includes preparation of the desktop PC, maintenance of the client's access to a microdata product, as well as vetting of all output produced during the DataLab session. Sessions are 3.5 hours or part thereof. Loading of different analytical packages may incur additional costs.

Access is provided to visiting users in a secure location within ABS premises. DataLab allows interactive (real time) access to the microdata files. There are no limitations on what unit record or summary information a user can view within DataLab, and users are allowed to produce graphical outputs. Users are supervised at all times and must not bring mobile phones, cameras, USB keys, laptops, palm pilots or similar transmission or storage devices into the secure location. All outputs produced by users in DataLab are manually cleared for release after the session.

For more information on DataLab, please refer the About the DataLab page on the ABS website.


All ABS products and services are provided subject to the ABS Disclaimer, ABS Copyright, ABS Privacy and ABS Conditions of Sale.

Any queries relating to these Conditions of Sale should be emailed to intermediary.management@abs.gov.au.


Microdata access is priced according to the ABS Pricing Policy and Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines. For details refer to ABS Pricing Policy on the ABS website. For microdata prices refer to the Microdata prices web page.


Clients wishing to access the microdata should read the How to Apply for Microdata web page.

Clients should familiarise themselves with the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.003) and/or the TableBuilder, User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005) depending on the product or products being accessed.

Other related microdata information is available via the Microdata web pages.

To apply for access to the ACLD or ACLD-SSRI in TableBuilder, register and apply in the Registration Centre.

To apply for access to the ACLD or ACLD-SSRI in DataLab, please contact Microdata Access Strategies via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

Further information on access steps can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS web site.


The ABS/Universities Australia Agreement provides participating universities with access to a range of ABS products and services. This includes access to microdata.

For further information, university clients should refer to the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement web page.


The Microdata Entry page on the ABS website contains links to microdata related information to assist users to understand and access microdata.

For further information users should email microdata.access@abs.gov.au or telephone (02) 6252 7714.