6553.0 - Information Paper: Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2005-06  
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Contents >> Part 3 Data Availability >> 3.4 Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)

CONFIDENTIALISED UNIT RECORD FILES (CURFs)

For clients wanting to produce their own tabulations and conduct manipulations of survey estimates a file containing unit records relating to almost all the survey respondents can be supplied. To protect the confidentiality of individual persons and households some data items are removed from the file and the level of detail for some items is reduced.


Two microdata files are available from this survey:

  • a basic SIH CURF available on CD-ROM or through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)
  • an expanded SIH CURF accessible only through the RADL.

The expanded CURF contains more detailed data for some variables than the basic CURF, as well as some additional variables. Persons have been removed from large households to reduce the expanded CURF to maximum household size of 8 and the basic CURF to a maximum household size of 6.


The RADL is a secure on-line data query service that clients can access via the ABS website. Because the CURFs are kept within the ABS environment, the ABS is able to release more detailed data via the RADL than can be made available on CD-ROM. Further information about this facility is available on the ABS website <https://www.abs.gov.au> (see Services We Provide, CURFs).


Clients interested in finding out more about the CURFs should contact the Microdata Access Strategies Section of the ABS at <microdata.access@abs.gov.au> or on (02) 6252 7714.


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