4906.0.55.001 - Microdata: Personal Safety, Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/04/2018   
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Before proceeding with the following sections please review the File Structure and Content page for important information about the structure of the 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) microdata products, along with essential details regarding using the various levels of the file.

Note: Detailed Microdata is currently only available for use via the following statistical programs: SAS, STATA, SPSS and R. The ABS does not provide training in the use of these programs. Users who are not confident with at least one of these programs should consider using the TableBuilder product for producing simple aggregated data tables or should consider requesting customised data via the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or client.services@abs.gov.au.


The DataLab allows interactive (real time) access to microdata files. Detailed Microdata are de-identified and confidentialised appropriately within the context of the other security features of the DataLab. The security features allow authorised users access to more complete and detailed data than would be available on a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). Sophisticated analysis can be conducted with Detailed Microdata files. All unit record data remains in the DataLab environment. All outputs are vetted by the ABS before being provided to the researcher. The DataLab can be accessed on-site at ABS offices or as part of the virtual DataLab program. For more details, refer to the About the DataLab page on the ABS website.

For more general information about the DataLab, refer to the Microdata Entry Page.

Reminder: Data produced using the Detailed Microdata files contained in the DataLab will not necessarily match published data or data obtained through the TableBuilder product, both of which are perturbed prior to release to ensure confidentiality is maintained. Due to the procedures used for confidentialising the data produced via the DataLab, perturbation is not required.


To apply for access to the 2016 PSS Detailed Microdata product in the DataLab, please contact Microdata Access Strategies via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

For information about accessing the 2016 PSS Detailed Microdata test file for DataLab, please see Detailed Microdata File Names and Test Files.

To access the 2016 PSS Detailed Microdata via the ABS DataLab, please register or log in, via the Microdata Entry Page. Please familiarise yourself with the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.003), if you intend to access 2016 PSS microdata.


The 2016 PSS Detailed Microdata product contains six levels of data on six separate files. The DataLab environment provides access to these files. Information about these levels is detailed in the File Structure and Content page. The Data Item List document, containing information about the data item content of the Detailed Microdata files, is available as an Excel file on the Downloads tab.

Counts and weights

NUMBER OF RECORDS BY LEVEL, 2016 PSS Detailed Microdata


Household level
21 242
Person level (Selected persons)
21 242
18 401 503(b)
Violence Most Recent Incident level
23 675
Violence Prevalence level
110 425
Partner Violence level
21 297
Partner Emotional Abuse level
21 478

(a) Note that the Person level is the only level truly weighted to its population – the person population. The other levels are weighted based on the weights of the persons from the Person level. For example, the Household level weighted counts represent the person population rather than the household population. The Violence Prevalence level weighted counts represent the person weights multiplied by the number of types of violence reported (or the single weight where no violence reported) per respondent rather than by a weighted number of violent incidents. For more details, refer to the Using Weights and Producing RSEs and MoEs in Detailed Microdata page.
(b) Benchmarked weight. For more details regarding the weighting process, refer to the Methodology page of the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide 2016 (cat.no. 4906.0.55.003).

More specific information applicable to the 2016 PSS Detailed Microdata product and the DataLab, is outlined in the following sub-sections:

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