3417.0.55.001 - Microdata: Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset, 2016 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/07/2018   
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The Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID), 2016 is released in TableBuilder. TableBuilder files are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling micro level data to be released.

For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


The 2016 ACMID contains information on persons who responded to the 9 August 2016 Census of Population and Housing and persons who had a permanent visa record on the Department of Social Services Permanent Migrant Data (PMD) with a date of arrival between 1 January 2000 and 9 August 2016 (inclusive). Persons excluded from the 2016 ACMID are:
  • Persons whose Census record indicated that they were an overseas visitor
  • Persons on a Temporary or Bridging visa

The PMD date of arrival on which the scope is based reflects an individual's latest arrival pertaining to their latest permanent visa. For an offshore applicant, the PMD arrival date is when the applicant arrives in Australia on that permanent visa. However, for a person who applies onshore for a permanent visa, the date of arrival listed on the PMD is the date of their last entry into Australia.


The Census of Population and Housing is conducted every five years. For further information see 2016 Census Overview and Understanding the Census and Census Data.


The 2016 ACMID, contains individual person level data. For more information on the level of detail provided in the TableBuilder, please see the Downloads tab.

The TableBuilder product has in-built procedures to confidentialise the data in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the TableBuilder with published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the following link: TableBuilder Confidentiality.

Further information about the data and the linking methodology see the Explanatory Notes.


Estimates from the 2016 ACMID will differ from the estimates produced from other ABS collections and estimates produced from the PMD for several reasons. The estimates are a result of integrating data from two data sources, one an administrative dataset and the other a census. The linked records have been calibrated to known population totals from the SDB, and the resulting dataset is unique from both the Census and the PMD. Due to the quality issues previously mentioned, estimates should generally be treated with caution.


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information including Explanatory Notes, File Structure, TableBuilder User Guide and the Data Items.


The 2016 ACMID can be accessed using TableBuilder.

Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wishing to access the microdata should read the How to apply for Microdata web page, before applying for access through Registration Centre. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

A full list of available microdata can be viewed via the list of expected and Available Microdata.

Any questions regarding access to microdata can be forwarded by email to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone 1300 135 070 (within Australia) or +61 2 9268 4909 (from overseas).

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