4324.0.55.004 - Microdata: Smoker Status, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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  • Quality Declaration - Summary

Quality Declaration - Summary

Institutional environment

The pooled Smoker Status dataset from the 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS) and Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) will be released as detailed microdata files in the DataLab.

To maintain confidentiality, microdata files must meet the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

More information on confidentiality practices can be found at:

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.


Information from the pooled dataset contributes to existing data and the formulation of government policies and legislation.

The Smoker Status, 2017–18 dataset contains information on a range of topics including:
    • household and personal smoking
    • general demographic information
    • personal and household characteristics
    • education and employment
    • disability

Detailed information about the data items available for this microdata product is provided in the data item list in the Downloads section.


The 2017–18 NHS and SIH were conducted between July 2017 and June 2018.

Detailed microdata products have already been released for both the NHS and SIH. Further information can be found Microdata: National Health Survey, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4324.0.55.001) and Microdata: Income and Housing, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 6541.0.30.001).


The microdata contain levels of detail of data items generally greater than those found in publications. For more information on the level of detail provided for the microdata, see the associated data items lists in the Downloads section.

Steps are taken to confidentialise the microdata files in a way that maximises the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the microdata with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available in How the ABS keeps your information confidential.


Information from previous NHS and SIH publications can be found via the links above or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information about accessing the data, the data and file structure, and how to use each of the microdata products.

Further information, particularly information to assist in interpretation of the data can be found in the Interpretation of Results section of the Explanatory Notes in the following publications:

Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wanting to access microdata should familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

The 2017–18 Smoker Status microdata can be accessed using detailed microdata in the DataLab environment.

The Compare Access Options page contains general information on different types of microdata product access. A full list of available microdata can be viewed via Available Microdata.

Other data are available from the ABS on a fee for service basis, subject to confidentiality and data quality constraints. Tabulations to meet individual requirements can incorporate data items, populations and geographic areas.

For further information, contact information is available on the Microdata contacts page.

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