8172.0.55.001 - Microdata: Management and Organisational Capabilities of Australian Business, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/02/2018  First Issue
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This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the Business Characteristics Survey - Management Capabilities Module (MCM) 2015-16. Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire. Steps to confidentialise the dataset are taken to ensure the integrity of data, optimise its content and maintain confidentiality of respondents. These include removing any information that might uniquely identify an individual or business and reducing the level of detail for some items.

The microdata is made available through an Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) released with the approval of the Australian Statistician. The CURF is accessible through the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) DataLab.

This product includes details about the survey methodology and how to use the microdata. It also includes a data item list, definitions of common terminology used, and information on the conditions of use and the quality of the microdata.


An Expanded CURF is available via the DataLab. Expanded CURFs allow approved users to query the data via statistical languages.

Further information about these services and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, are available from the Microdata Entry Page. Before applying for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in this product and also the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide.


For information on how to apply for access to the MCM CURF, refer to the Microdata Entry Page.


Further information about this microdata product can be found in the various pages associated with this product, including:

  • A detailed list of data items for the MCM CURF is available in the Downloads tab.
  • The Quality Declaration and Glossary relating to this product can be found in the Explanatory Notes tab.
  • Other related products can be found in the Related Information tab.


For assistance in registering for access to use this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies at microdata.access@abs.gov.au or 02 6252 7714.

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