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USING THE CURF
While CURFs provide a great deal of flexibility, limitations on analysis can be impacted by factors such as sample size, the data classifications used, and conditions of use for the file.
More information on the additional detail and data items on the Basic CURF can be found at the 'Data Item' section of this publication.
The 2017–18 SIH Basic CURF is released under the Census and Statistics Act 1905. The Act allows for the release of unit record data, provided this information is not likely to identify an individual person or organisation. As a result there are no names or addresses of survey respondents on the Basic CURF. Other steps, including the following list of actions, have been taken to protect the confidentiality of respondents. The 2017–18 SIH Basic CURF contains unit records relating to most survey respondents.
Protective provisions include:
As a result of these protective measures, population estimates obtained from the Basic CURF are slightly different to the other 2017–18 SIH products. Variation in key items and populations are addressed in the Basic CURF sample reconciliation tabulations document available from the 'downloads' tab. This table provides a guide to the difference between CURF and the unconfidentialised file, using indicators such as mean, percentiles and ratios.
Steps to confidentialise the datasets that are available on the Basic CURF are taken for three main purposes:
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6541.0.30.001 - Microdata: Income and Housing, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration
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