6541.0.30.001 - Microdata: Income and Housing, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/07/2019   
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The DataLab allows interactive (real time) access to microdata files from the 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 Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) and provides researchers greater access to the data.

The SIH detailed microdata from 2017–18 are available via DataLab and the Data Item List can be found in the 'downloads' tab.

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

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.


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 2017–18 SIH detailed microdata files contain information at Household, Income Unit, Person, Superannuation, Child care, Wealth and Loan levels for SIH. More information about the detailed microdata files can be found at the File Structure and Data Items sections of this publication.


A Test File has been created for the 2017–18 SIH 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.

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