The Census and Statistics Act includes a legislative guarantee to respondents that their confidentiality will be protected. This is fundamental to the trust the Australian public has in the ABS, and that trust is in turn fundamental to the excellent quality of ABS information. Without that trust, survey respondents may be less forthcoming or truthful in answering our questionnaires. For more information, see 'Avoiding inadvertent disclosure' and 'Microdata' on our web page How the ABS keeps your information confidential.
The release of CURF data is authorised by clause 7 of the Statistics Determination made under subsection 13(1) of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. The release of a CURF must satisfy the ABS legislative obligation to release information in a manner that is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation.
This legislation allows the Australian Statistician to approve release of unit record data. All CURFs released have been approved by the Statistician. Prior to being granted access to CURFs, each organisation's Responsible Officer must submit a CURF Undertaking to the ABS. The CURF Undertaking is required by legislation and states that, prior to CURFs being released to an organisation, a Responsible Officer must undertake to ensure that the organisation will abide by the conditions of use of CURFs. Individual users are bound by the undertaking signed by the Responsible Officer.
All CURF users are required to read and abide by the conditions and restrictions in the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs. Any breach of the CURF Undertaking may result in withdrawal of service to individuals and/or organisations. Further information is contained in the Consequences of Failing to Comply web page.
The release of data to TableBuilder is authorised by Section 12 of the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
In accordance with the Census and Statistics Act 1905, the ABS must ensure that information is not released in a manner that is likely to enable identification of a respondent. Consequently, the output from TableBuilder are subject to a confidentiality process prior to release. The ABS aims to achieve a careful balance between maintaining a sufficient level of confidentialisation and ensuring the utility and high quality of statistical output.
All registered users of TableBuilder agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions set out and any future conditions that are notified to registered users.
CONDITIONS OF SALE
All ABS products and services are provided subject to the ABS Conditions of Sale . Any queries relating to these Conditions of Sale should be emailed to email@example.com.
Microdata access is priced according to ABS Pricing Policy and Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines. For details refer to ABS Pricing Policy on the ABS website. For microdata prices refer to the Microdata prices web page.
APPLY FOR ACCESS
To apply for access to the CURF, register and apply in MiCRO.
To apply for access to TableBuilder, register and apply in Registration Centre.
Further information on access steps can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata on the ABS web site.
The ABS/Universities Australia Agreement provides participating universities with access to a range of ABS products and services. This includes access to microdata. For further information, university clients should refer to the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement web page.
The Microdata Entry page on the ABS website contains links to microdata related information to assist users to understanding and access microdata. For further information users should email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (02) 6252 7714.