USING THE DETAILED MICRODATA IN THE DATALAB
ABOUT THE DATA ITEMS
|Detailed microdata files are the ABS's most detailed unit record data and have been designed specifically for use within the DataLab environment. A 5% sample of person, family and household unit record data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing has been released as Detailed Microdata files into the ABS' DataLab environment.|
The full listing of the Detailed Microdata classifications and the corresponding Census classifications are detailed in the Data Item Lists in the Downloads tab. In some cases these will differ marginally.
Further information about Census data items can be found in the Census Dictionary, 2016 (cat. no. 2901.0). For information about response rates and Census data quality, please visit the Understanding the Census and Census Data (cat.no 2900.0) publication.
Dwelling, Family and Person IDs
|Each record level has been given an identifier:
- Dwelling (Household) - ABSHID
- Family - ABSFID
- Person - ABSPID.
To enable users to link records, the following Identifiers are available across levels:
- ABSFID and the related ABSHID on each Family record
- ABSPID and the related ABSFID and ABSHID on each Person record.
Dwelling Indicator for Persons
The DWIP (Dwelling Indicator for Persons) variable was introduced in 2006 as a way of enabling users of the Census microdata file to more easily distinguish between those people enumerated in private dwellings and those enumerated in non-private dwellings (without the need to link to the household file). This variable was applied in 2011 and in 2016 as well.
The DWIP variable applies to all persons enumerated in an occupied private dwelling or non-private dwelling. Categories are:
1 Enumerated in an occupied private dwelling
2 Enumerated in a non-private dwelling.
As migratory, off-shore and shipping areas were not included in the sample, there is no `Not applicable' category for this variable.
The Detailed Microdata file contains information on the geographic area of selected dwellings and each person's usual residence geographies. For 2016, geographic areas in the file have been based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).
A list of the geographic data items available in the Detailed Microdata file is available in the Data Item List on the Downloads tab.
Files and File Structures
These files contain the data in a comma delimited ASCII text format.
- CDM16_dwelling.csv contains the Dwelling level data
- CDM16_family.csv contains the Family level data
- CDM16_person.csv contains the Person level data
These files contain the data in SAS for Windows format:
- CDM16_dwelling.sas7bdat contains the Dwelling level data
- CDM16_family.sas7bdat contains the Family level data
- CDM16_person.sas7bdat contains the Person level data
These files contain the data in SPSS for Windows format:
- CDM16_dwelling.sav contains the Dwelling level data
- CDM16_family.sav contains the Family level data
- CDM16_person.sav contains the Person level data
These files contain the data in STATA format:
- CDM16_dwelling.dta contains the Dwelling level data
- CDM16_family.dta contains the Family level data
- CDM16_person.dta contains the Person level data
This file is a SAS library containing formats.