2085.0 - Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset with Social Security and Related Information, experimental statistics, 2006-2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/08/2017  First Issue
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In August 2017, information from the Department of Social Services’ Social Security and Related Information (SSRI) dataset was added to the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) to create a new dataset (ACLD-SSRI). The linkage of the ACLD with the SSRI data brings together information about the characteristics and circumstances of people who have interacted with the social security system, and has the potential to increase knowledge about a wide range of socio-economic issues facing Australians and their families.

The ACLD-SSRI file includes a cross sectional sample of the SSRI data collected including all individual recipients and partner information where available as of the end of September 2011. Data from this period was selected to best align with the 2011 Census.

While every effort has been made to assure the quality of the statistics presented in this publication, they should be considered experimental and treated with caution. Refer to Limitations for further information.

SSRI data is collected by the Australian Government Department of Human Services on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Social Services for the delivery of Pensions and Payments under the Social Security Act 1991, A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 and the Student Assistance Act 1973.

The Census of Population and Housing is conducted every five years and aims to measure accurately the number of people and dwellings in Australia on Census Night. The Census also provides information on the key characteristics of people and dwellings for small geographic areas and for small population groups.

The Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) brings together a 5% sample from the 2006 Census with corresponding records from the 2011 Census to create a research tool for exploring how Australian society is changing over time. In taking a longitudinal view of Australian society, the ACLD can uncover new insights into the dynamics and transitions that drive social and economic change over time, and how these vary for diverse population groups and geographies. Information relating to migrants from the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Settlement Database is included on the ACLD, drawing from the existing data linkages in the Microdata: Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset, 2011 (cat. no. 3417.0.55.001).

The ACLD and the ACLD-SSRI are released available for use in TableBuilder and as microdata products in DataLab.

Microdata products are the most detailed information available from a Census or survey and usually consist of data items derived from individual responses to a questionnaire. ABS microdata is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician under the Census and Statistics Act 1905. No microdata can be released in a manner likely to allow an individual to be identified.

Our internal processes ensure that privacy is a paramount consideration when data is being combined.

No person will ever be able to see all of your information together at any point of the data combining process. This is known as the separation principle. Under the Census and Statistics Act 1905, the personal information you provide the ABS remains strictly confidential. The ABS never has and never will release identifiable data. As an Australian Government agency, we also comply with the Privacy Act 1988 and handle your personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles.


The following microdata products are available for this longitudinal dataset:

    • ACLD-SSRI in TableBuilder - an online tool for creating tables and graphs.
    • ACLD-SSRI in DataLab - for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages.

Further information about TableBuilder and DataLab, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page. Before applying for access to TableBuilder, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the TableBuilder, User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005)


To apply for access to TableBuilder, please register and apply in the Registration Centre.

Information on TableBuilder access can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS web site.

If you are already a registered TableBuilder user Login here.

To apply for access to the ACLD or ACLD-SSRI in DataLab, please contact Microdata Access Strategies via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

Information on DataLab can be found on the About the DataLab page on the ABS web site.


For support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on 02 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


Customised tables are available on a fee-for-service basis. A consultancy service is available for complex analysis and modelling. For further information, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, or email client.services@abs.gov.au. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.