Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset (ACTEID)

What is ACTEID?

The Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset (ACTEID) links two rich sources of migrant data: the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian Census of Population and Housing data with Australian Government temporary visa holder data.

ACTEID provides insights into the characteristics of temporary residents in Australia, 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 temporary visa holders’ entry conditions (e.g., visa status and whether a main or secondary applicant), providing valuable insights into settlement patterns of overseas born persons by visa stream as well as information on housing, income, labour force characteristics, changing occupations, educational pathways, and family characteristics.

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

The project began with a feasibility study in 2014 (see Assessing the Suitability of Temporary Migrants Administrative Data for Data Integration). A quality study followed in 2015 utilising the 2011 Census data to assess the feasibility of linking (see Assessing the Quality of Linking Temporary Visa Holders Administrative Data to the 2011 Census).

Research benefits and outcomes

The project benefits include:

  • Providing government, researchers, and the community with vital information on outcomes for temporary entrants arriving under different policy settings (e.g., international students and temporary workers).
  • Assisting government to assess policies and programs in relation to temporary entrants so that they continue to deliver maximum benefits to the Australian economy and society.

Privacy and security

The ABS protects your privacy and is committed to keeping integrated data safe. The ABS respects individuals rights to privacy and is committed to keeping information safe and secure.

The ABS is subject to strong legislation protecting the confidentiality of information, including the Census and Statistics Act 1905 which makes it a criminal offence to breach secrecy provisions.

We handle personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles, and abide by the High Level Principles for Data Integration Involving Commonwealth Data for Statistical and Research Purposes. 

Accessing ACTEID data

Insights from the Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset provides new insights into the characteristics of temporary residents in Australia previously not available, including employment, income, and housing.

Microdata and TableBuilder: Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset contains information about registration, pricing, and access to ACTEID, as well as details about data items contained in the dataset.

Access and services provides an outline of how to apply for and access integrated data like ACTEID.


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