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 our web page How the ABS keeps your information confidential.
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 Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURF), 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. 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 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 on the ABS Website.
CONDITIONS OF SALE
All ABS products and services are provided subject to the ABS Conditions of Sale. Any queries relating to these Conditions of Sale should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 users should email email@example.com or telephone 1300 135 070.