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This document was added or updated on 19/11/2021.

DataLab safe researcher training

DataLab safe researcher training
Register interest

About the training
How to enrol
Safe researcher training resources

About the training
  • DataLab safe researcher training enables new users to become approved DataLab researchers
  • We offer face-to-face training at ABS offices in the capital cities in line with current COVID-19 restrictions
  • We are planning to move to virtual training in 2022. However until that is established face-to-face training is the preferred format
  • If you are unable to attend in person, or have a critical need for training, include this information in the training enrolment email, so we can consider your individual circumstances

DataLab safe researcher training must be undertaken before researchers can use the DataLab or be approved for a project. It covers:
  • your shared responsibilities as a DataLab user
  • meeting your legislative requirements
  • appropriate output for ABS clearance and data release

The training does not include:
  • using the system
  • statistical capability training
  • code or analytical language training

Before enrolling in training, check who can access the DataLab to make sure:
  • you understand the pre-requisites for accessing DataLab
  • you, your organisation and your project are eligible for DataLab access

Safe researcher training and DataLab access are only available to researchers located in Australia at an Australian organisation.

How to enrol

Training should be timely - consider enrolling when you have a project to undertake or join. Data services prices provides an overview of DataLab charges

To enrol in DataLab safe researcher training register your interest by clicking on the button at the top of this page. If the button does not generate an email, use the template below to submit your request. We will respond within 2-3 working days to get you started with DataLab onboarding.

To: microdata.access@abs.gov.au

Subject: Enrol in DataLab safe researcher training

Dear DataLab team

I would like to enrol in DataLab safe researcher training.

I understand that user access charges may apply.
Pricing information: https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/1406.0.55.007Main+Features1User+Guide#DLprices

Full name:
My work location:
Contact phone number/s (mobile):
DataLab project name (if known):
If my project hasn't commenced yet, the indicative start date is:

Safe researcher training resources

The attached slides are presented during the DataLab Safe Researcher Training. We will also email the slides to you with other materials after you have completed training.
  • Part 1 - Working together to enable microdata access
  • Part 2 - Maintaining data confidentiality
  • Part 3 - Statistical disclosure control
DataLab safe researcher training Parts 1 and 2_Oct_2021.docx
DataLab safe researcher training Part 3_Oct_2021.docx

You should also read Responsible use of ABS microdata user guide to understand your responsibilities as a safe researcher.

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