The DataLab environment allows real time access to detailed microdata files through a portal to a secure ABS environment. The detailed microdata files provide more detail than the basic microdata (CURF) files. Using detailed microdata in the DataLab environment allows users to run advanced statistical analyses using recent analytical software.
For information about the data items available on the detailed microdata files, see the Data Item List on the Downloads page.
About the DataLab environment
Detailed microdata files on the DataLab can be accessed on-site at ABS offices or in a secure virtual environment from your own computer. All unit record data remains in the DataLab environment, and any analysis results or tables are checked by the ABS before being provided to the researcher.
For more information, including prerequisites for DataLab access, please see the About the DataLab page.
Detailed microdata test file
A test file is available for researchers to become familiar with the data structure and prepare code/programs before applying for or beginning a DataLab session. This saves user’s time within the DataLab environment.
The test file mimics the structure of the detailed microdata in that it has the same data items and allowed values. However, all data on the file is false, created through a randomisation process, therefore it cannot be used for analysis.
A Person level test file is available as a free download on the Downloads page.
Counts and weights
Data are available from 65,805 people:
- 54,142 from households
- 11,663 from cared-accommodation
The Person level contains the item 'Living Arrangements' (SAS name = POPESTAB) which indicates whether the data were collected in the household or cared-accommodation component. The item has the category 'Persons living in establishments' for the cared-accommodation component and 'Persons living in households' for the household component. This item can be copied from the Person level to other levels of the file as required.
The number of records and weight applied to each of the different levels is shown below. For more information about the file structure, see the File Structure page. For more information about the weights, see the Weights and Identifiers section of the Data Item List.
National Disability Insurance Scheme data item
Weight applied to level
|3. Income Unit|
|4. Person (the main level)|
|5. All conditions|
|7. Specific Activities|
|9. Broad Activities|
|10. Assistance providers|
Since 2015, the SDAC has collected information about National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participation for future use in comparing outcomes for NDIS participants compared with those who are not participants. At the time of 2018 enumeration, the NDIS was still rolling out in many jurisdictions and therefore the data reflects only those who reported receiving an agreed package of support through NDIS at the time of enumeration. Given this, the ABS would advise users to carefully consider these limitations if looking to use NDIS data in any analysis, especially when analysing data at finer levels.