Conditions of Use
The Census and Statistics Act 1905 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 high 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 the How the ABS keeps your information confidential page.
In accordance with the Census and Statistics Act 1905, microdata are subjected to a confidentiality process before release. The release of microdata 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 confidentiality process is applied to avoid releasing information that may lead to the identification of individuals, families, households, dwellings or businesses.
Confidentialised unit record files (CURF)
The Census and Statistics Act 1905 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 Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.003). 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 with a Microdata Undertaking page.
Prior to being granted access to TableBuilder, users must agree to the following ABS Terms and Conditions of TableBuilder Access:
- understand that the ABS has taken great care to ensure that the information on the survey output record file is correct and as accurate as possible, and understand that the ABS does not guarantee, or accept any legal liability whatsoever arising from, or connected to, the use of any material contained within, or derived from, TableBuilder
- understand that all data extracted from the Survey Output Record File through TableBuilder will be confidentialised prior to being supplied and that as a result, no reliance should be placed on small cells as they are impacted by random adjustment, respondent and processing errors
- inform the ABS, through their Contact Officer, upon leaving their organisation that their access is disabled
- not to provide their TableBuilder user ID and password access to any other person or organisation.
For more information, please refer to the Registration Centre conditions of use page.
Prior to using the DataLab users must agree to and sign an Undertaking and a Declaration of Compliance.
For more information on the DataLab, please refer to the About the DataLab page.
Conditions of sale
All ABS products and services are provided subject to the ABS Conditions of Sale. For any queries relating to these, please refer to the contact details on the Conditions of Sale page.
Microdata access is priced according to ABS Pricing Policy and Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines. For microdata prices refer to the Microdata prices page.
Apply for access
To apply for access to microdata products, follow the registrations instructions which are available via the Microdata Entry page.
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 page.
The Microdata Entry page on the ABS website contains links to microdata related information to assist users to understand and access microdata. For further information, contact information is available on the Microdata contacts page.