6227.0.30.001 - Microdata: Education and Work, May 2016 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/11/2016   
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This document was added or updated on 11/01/2019.


This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the 2016 Survey of Education and Work (SEW), including details about the survey 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 survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions.

The SEW is conducted in May each year throughout Australia and is designed to provide annual statistics about the educational activity and qualifications of the population.

Further information about this product, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page. Before applying for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the User Manual: TableBuilder.


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.


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

  • Detailed lists of data items for the 2016 SEW TableBuilder and the DataLab are available in the Downloads tab.
  • The Quality Declaration and Abbreviations in the Explanatory Notes tab.
  • Other related products on the Related Information tab.


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


Data collected in the survey but not included in TableBuilder 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 client.services@abs.gov.au for further information.


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