4906.0.55.001 - Microdata: Personal Safety, Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/04/2018   
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This product provides information about the release of microdata from the Personal Safety Survey, Australia, 2016, including details about how to access and use TableBuilder and Detailed Microdata (via the DataLab). Data Item Lists and information on the quality of the microdata are also provided, along with links to details of survey definitions and methodology. This technical manual should be used in conjunction with the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003) which contains valuable information on how the data was collected, response rates, as well as definitions, uses and limitations of the data.

Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions. This level of detail is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.


The following microdata products are available from this survey:

  • TableBuilder - an online tool for creating tables and graphs
  • Detailed Microdata - approved users can access for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages via the DataLab.

Further information about these services, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page.

Before applying for access, data users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the TableBuilder, User Guide and/or the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide, depending on the mode of access of interest.


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

To apply for access to Detailed Microdata via the DataLab, register and apply in the Registration Centre and contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au to arrange training and a session.

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


Further information about the survey and the microdata products:


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


Other data from the survey may be available from the ABS on request. Subject to confidentiality and data quality constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These are available on request, on a fee for service basis. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or client.services@abs.gov.au for further information.


The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

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