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What is it?

The Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) uses data from the Census to build a longitudinal picture of Australian society.

The ACLD will bring together a 5% random sample from the 2011 Census with records from the 2016 Census, using data linkage techniques without name and address.

In taking a longitudinal view of Australians, the ACLD uncovers new insights into the dynamics and transitions that drive social and economic change over time, conveying how these vary for diverse population groups and geographies. The dataset covers all areas of Census data including:

    • demographic information
    • education and labour force data
    • income
    • caring responsibilities and disability
    • voluntary work
    • household characteristics
    • family composition.

It is envisaged that subsequent Censuses will be added in the future, as well as administrative data sets.

Further information about the ACLD can be found on the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset page on the ABS website and the publication Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-2011 (cat. no. 2080.0).

When will it be available?

The 2006-2011 ACLD is currently available in TableBuilder and as a Microdata Product in the ABS Data Laboratory. An updated ACLD, to be released in October 2015, will include a number of enhancements, such as:
    • more finely disaggregated data items, for example, year of arrival in Australia in single years and religion affiliation at the 3 digit level
    • additional Census variables, such as Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) and dwelling location
    • a new weight to better account for migration between 2006 and 2011 and
    • three data items from the Settlements Data Base that are already included in the Australian Census Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID) TableBuilder file.

The next ACLD with 2016 Census data is planned for release in 2018.

Information on how to access the ACLD can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS website.

How much will it cost?

For information about pricing, see Microdata prices.