CONDITIONS OF USE
The Census and Statistics Act 1905 includes a legislative guarantee to respondents that their confidentiality will be protected. This is fundamental to the trust the Australian public has in the ABS, and that trust is in turn fundamental to the excellent quality of ABS information. Without that trust, survey respondents may be less forthcoming or truthful in answering our questionnaires. For more information, see 'Avoiding inadvertent disclosure' and 'Microdata' on our web page How the ABS keeps your information confidential.
The release of the CURF data is authorised by Clause 7 of the Statistics Determination made under subsection 13(1) of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. The release of a CURF must satisfy the ABS legislative obligation to release information in a manner that is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation.
This legislation allows the Australian Statistician to approve release of unit record data. All CURFs released have been approved by the Statistician. Prior to being granted access to CURFs, each organisation's Responsible Officer must submit a CURF Undertaking to the ABS. The CURF Undertaking is required by legislation and states that, prior to CURFs being released to an organisation, a Responsible Officer must undertake to ensure that the organisation will abide by the conditions of use of CURFs. Individual users are bound by the undertaking signed by the Responsible Officer.
All CURF users are required to read and abide by the conditions and restrictions in the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs. Any breach of the CURF Undertaking may result in withdrawal of service to individuals and/or organisations. Further information is contained in the Consequences of Failing to Comply web page.
In accordance with the Census and Statistics Act 1905, data in TableBuilder are subjected to a confidentiality process before release. The release of microdata must satisfy the ABS legislative obligation to release information in a manner that is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation. This confidentiality process is applied to avoid releasing information that may lead to the identification of individuals, families, households, dwellings or businesses.
Prior to being granted access to TableBuilder users must agree to the following ABS Terms and Conditions of TableBuilder Access:
CONDITIONS OF SALE
- understand that the ABS has taken great care to ensure that the information on the survey output record file is correct and as accurate as possible and understand that ABS does not guarantee, or accept any legal liability whatsoever arising from, or connected to, the use of any material contained within, or derived from TableBuilder
- understand that all data extracted from the Survey Output Record File through TableBuilder will be confidentialised prior to being supplied and that as a result, no reliance should be placed on small cells as they are impacted by random adjustment, respondent and processing errors
- users inform the ABS, through their Contact Officer, upon leaving their organisation so that their access is disabled
- not to provide their TableBuilder user ID and password access to any other person or organisation.
All ABS products and services are provided subject to the ABS Conditions of Sale
. Any queries relating to these Conditions of Sale should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Microdata access is priced according to ABS Pricing Policy and Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines. For details refer to ABS Pricing Policy
on the ABS website. For microdata prices refer to the Microdata prices
HOW TO APPLY FOR ACCESS
Clients wishing to access the microdata should read the How to Apply for Microdata
web page. Clients should familiarise themselves with the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs
, User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory
and/or the User Manual: TableBuilder
, depending on the product or products being accessed. Other related microdata information is available via the Microdata web pages
To apply for access to the CURF, register and apply in MiCRO
To apply for access to TableBuilder, register and apply in the Registration Centre
Further information on access steps can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata
page on the ABS web site.
The ABS/Universities Australia Agreement provides participating universities with access to a range of ABS products and services. This includes access to microdata. For further information, university clients should refer to the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement
The Microdata Entry page
on the ABS website contains links to microdata related information to assist users to understand and access microdata. For further information users should email email@example.com
or telephone (02) 6252 7714.