4324.0.55.001 - Microdata: National Health Survey, 2017-18  
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This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the National Health Survey (NHS) 2017-18, Australia, including details about the survey methodology and how to use the different microdata products. 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.

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. The microdata products are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.

The NHS is collected every three years and is designed to provide a range of information about the health of Australians. It provides data such as prevalence of chronic and long-term health conditions, self-reported health status and health risk factors. This information can be cross classified by selected demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.


The following microdata products are available or planned for release from this survey:

  • Table Builder - an online tool for creating tables and graphs
  • Basic CURF - datasets available on MicrodataDownload
  • DataLab - approved users can access a remote desktop environment for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages.

The Expanded CURF, the use of the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and distribution of CURFs via CD-ROM have been discontinued for this collection, to be replaced by the Detailed Microdata available through 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.


To apply for access to the CURF, TableBuilder and/or the Detailed Microdata (DataLab), please follow the steps found in the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS website.

If you are already a registered National Health Survey TableBuilder user, please use the TableBuilder Login page.


Further information about the survey and related microdata products:
  • Detailed list of data items for the CURF, Tablebuilder and DataLab are available from the Downloads tab.
  • The Quality Declaration is available from the Explanatory Notes tab.
  • Detailed information about the survey is available in the National Health Survey, User Guide, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4363.0) and National Health Survey, Australia, 2017-18: Summary of Results, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001).


For further support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on 1300 135 070 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


Data collected in the survey but not included in the microdata products may be available from the ABS, on request, as statistics in tabulated form.

Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability 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 via client.services@abs.gov.au for further information.


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