6540.0 - Microdata: Household Expenditure, Income and Housing, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
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This document was added or updated on 14/12/2017.


The DataLab allows interactive (real time) access to microdata files from the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) and Survey of Income and Housing (SIH), through a portal to a secure ABS environment. The level of detail provided within DataLab exceeds that of the Basic CURF and provides researchers greater access to the data.

SIH detailed microdata from the 2015-16, 2013-14, 2011-12 and 2009-10 cycles, and HES detailed microdata from the 2015-16 and 2009-10 cycles are available via DataLab. The Data Item Lists for each of these cycles can be found at:
6540.0 Microdata: Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, Australia, 2015-16
6553.0 Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2013-14
6553.0 Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2011-12
6503.0 Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2009-10

For further information about data available in this data series visit the Available Microdata webpage.

The Expanded CURF and the use of the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) have been discontinued for this collection. Users are encouraged to consider DataLab as an improved mechanism to access detailed microdata.

About the DataLab

Detailed microdata files on the DataLab can be accessed on-site at ABS offices or in a secure virtual environment from your own computer or networks. 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. More information about the DataLab can be found at the About the DataLab page.

The 2015-16 SIH and HES detailed microdata files contain information at Household, Income Unit, Person, Superannuation, Child care, Wealth and Loan levels for SIH and HES, plus the Expenditure and Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP) levels for HES. More information about the detailed microdata files can be found at the File Structure and Data Items sections of this publication.

DataLab Test File

A Test File has been created for the 2015-16 SIH and HES to enable researchers and analysts to become more familiar with the data structure, and to prepare code and programs prior to applying for, or commencing, a DataLab session. This aims to maximise the value of sessions by saving users time and resources once they enter the DataLab environment.

The Test File does not contain real data, and cannot be used for analysis. It mimics the structure of the microdata from the Collection as it has the same data items and allowed values. All data on the file is false, created through a randomisation process.

The Test File is available as a free download through the Downloads tab in csv format.