Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID)

What is ACMID?

The Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID) contains data on people who were granted a permanent Skilled, Family, Humanitarian or Other Permanent visa and arrived in Australia between 1 January 2000 and Census night. These datasets link data from the Census of Population and Housing (Census) with the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) Settlement Database.

ACMID provides insights into the characteristics of permanent migrants, including demographic information, visa characteristics, mobility (i.e. address one year ago, address five years ago), and data on employment, education, income, and cultural and language diversity.

How it works

The linkage of these two data sources allows for detailed Census information to be cross classified by migrants' entry conditions (e.g. visa status and whether a primary or secondary applicant), providing valuable insights into settlement patterns of permanent migrants by visa stream as well as information on citizenship, housing, income, labour force characteristics, changing occupations, educational pathways, and family characteristics.

The project is enabled through the partnership of the ABS and Home Affairs.

Research benefits and outcomes

This dataset provides information on the social and economic characteristics of permanent migrants in Australia who arrived between 1 January 2000 and Census night. This information improves our understanding of the socio-economic outcomes of permanent migrants and assists policy makers develop and evaluate migrant policies and programs. 


The ABS respects individual’s rights to privacy and is committed to keeping information safe and secure. The ABS is subject to legislation protecting the confidentiality of information, including the Census and Statistics Act 1905 which makes it a criminal offence to breach secrecy provisions.

For more information see the 2021 Census Privacy Statement, and Keeping integrated data safe. The ABS respects individuals rights to privacy and is committed to keeping information safe and secure.

Accessing ACMID data

Permanent migrants in Australia presents statistics sourced from ACMID data. 

Microdata and TableBuilder: Permanent migrants in Australia contains information about accessing the ACMID microdata, as well as details about data items contained in the dataset.

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