2080.0 - Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, ACLD Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/03/2019   
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Note: The test files do not contain real data and cannot be used for analysis.

Test files have been created for the ACLD microdata products, and are consistent with the structure outlined in File Structure. The purpose of the test files is to allow researchers/analysts to become familiar with the data structure and prepare code/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 mimics the structure of the ACLD microdata datasets - it has the same data items and allowed values, however, all data in the test file is false, created through a randomisation process. Proportions of values within data items in the test file will be similar to those in the real data; however, relationships between data items are not (intentionally) maintained. It is extremely unlikely that a record in the test file would match with a genuine record in the real data.

The test files are available as a free download from the Downloads tab. They can also be made available in other file formats on request, if required. For further information users should email microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

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