2080.0 - Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/12/2013   
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This document was added or updated on 12/02/2016.


The Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) brings together a 5% sample from the 2006 Census with records from the 2011 Census to create a research tool for exploring how Australian society is changing over time. In taking a longitudinal view of Australians, the ACLD may uncover 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. It is envisaged that the 2016 and successive Censuses will be added in the future, as well as administrative data sets. The ACLD is released in ABS TableBuilder and as a microdata product in the ABS Data Laboratory.

The Census of Population and Housing is conducted every five years and aims to measure accurately the number of people and dwellings in Australia on Census Night.

Microdata products are the most detailed information available from a Census or survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire. They also include derived data from answers to two or more questions and are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.


The following microdata products are available for this longitudinal dataset:
    • ACLD in TableBuilder - an online tool for creating tables and graphs.
    • ACLD in ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL) - for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages.

Further information about TableBuilder and the ABSDL, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page. Before applying for access to TableBuilder, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the User Manual: TableBuilder.


To apply for access to TableBuilder, please register and apply in the Registration Centre.

Information on TableBuilder access can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS web site.

If you are already a registered TableBuilder user Login here.

To apply for access to the ACLD in ABSDL, please contact Microdata Access Strategies via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

Information on the ABSDL can be found on the About the ABSDL page on the ABS web site.


For support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on 02 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


Customised tables are available on a fee-for-service basis. A consultancy service is available for complex analysis and modelling. For further information, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.


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