3419.0.55.001 - Microdata: Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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The 2016 Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset has been created by linking two rich sources of migrant data together, the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Australian Census of Population and Housing and temporary visa holders data from the Department of Home Affairs. This linked dataset comprises temporary entrants who were present in Australia on 9 August 2016 (Census Night).

Through data integration, the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) improves and expands the range of official statistics available to Australian society, and expands the evidence base to support good government policy making, program management and service delivery. The creation of new datasets for statistical and research purposes enables the ABS to enhance the value of Census data and leverage more information from the combination of individual datasets than is available from the separate datasets.

The Census is conducted every five years to measure the number of people and dwellings in Australia on Census Night. The Census also provides information on the key characteristics of people and dwellings for small geographic areas and small population groups.

This is the first release of the Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset (ACTEID). ACTEID provides new insights into the characteristics of temporary residents in Australia previously not available, including employment, income and housing. Information about the nature and quality of the dataset and the data linkage is presented in the Explanatory Notes.

This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the 2016 Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset (ACTEID), including details about the methodology and how to use the microdata products; TableBuilder and DataLab. A data item list and information on the conditions of use and the quality of the microdata, as well as the definitions used, are also provided. TableBuilder is an online tool for creating tables and graphs. The DataLab enables approved users to access microdata for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages.

Microdata are the most detailed information available from a Census, or administrative data collection process and are generally the responses to individual questions on questionnaires or forms. They also include derived data from answers to two or more questions and are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.

Further information about these products, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page. Before applying for access to TableBuilder, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the TableBuilder User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005).


To apply for access to TableBuilder, register and apply in the Registration Centre.

To apply for access to the DataLab, see About the DataLab for information on which organisations may apply for access to detailed microdata and contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au with your name, organisation and microdata file you are interested in accessing.

Further information on access steps can be found in How to Apply for Microdata.

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.


For support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on 02 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


Customised tables are available on a fee-for-service basis. For further information, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or client.services@abs.gov.au for further information.


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