The test file does not contain real data and cannot be used for analysis.
A test file has been created for the microdata product. The purpose of the test file is to allow researchers/analysts to become familiar with the data structure to prepare code/programs prior to applying for, or commencing, an ABS DataLab session. This aims to maximise the value of sessions by saving users' time and resources once they enter the ABS DataLab environment.
The test file mimics the structure of the Mortality, Enhanced Characteristics, Australia 2011-2012 microdata - it has the same items and allowed values, however, all data in the test file is false, created through a randomisation process. Proportions of values within data items in the test file will be similar to those in the real data; however relationships between data items are not (intentionally) maintained. It is extremely unlikely that a record in the test file would match with a genuine record in the real data.
The test file is available as a free download from the Downloads tab. It can also be made available in other file formats on request. For further information, users should email email@example.com or telephone (02) 6252 7714.