4159.0.55.002 - General Social Survey: User Guide, Australia, 2010  
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The 2010 General Social Survey Basic and Expanded CURF (2010 GSS CURF) is released in accordance with a Ministerial Determination (Clause 7, Statutory Rules 1983, No.19) in pursuance of section 13 of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. As required by the Determination, the CURF has been designed so that the information on the file is not likely to enable the identification of the particular person to which it relates.

The Australian Statistician's approval is required for each release of the CURF. Prior to being granted access to the CURF, all organisations or individuals who request access to the CURF will be required to sign an Undertaking to abide by the legislative restrictions on use. Organisations or individuals who seek access to the 2010 GSS CURF are required to give an undertaking which includes, among other conditions, that in using the CURF data they will:

  • use the data only for the statistical purposes specified;
  • not attempt to identify particular persons or organisations;
  • not disclose, either directly or indirectly, the data to any other person or organisation other than members of their organisation who have been approved by the ABS to have individual access to the information;
  • not attempt to match, with or without using identifiers, the data with any other list of persons or organisations;
  • in relation to data made available via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) or the ABS Site Data Laboratory (ABSDL), access the data only in a manner specifically authorised in writing by the ABS; and
  • not attempt to access the data after the term of their authorisation expires, or after their authorisation is rescinded by the organisation which provided it, or after they cease to be a member of that organisation.
  • Use of the data for statistical purposes means use of the content of the CURF to produce information of a statistical nature, i.e. the arrangement and classification of numerical facts or data, including statistical analyses or statistical aggregates. Examples of statistical purposes are:
  • manipulation of the data to produce means, correlations or other descriptive or summary measures;
  • estimation of population characteristics;
  • use of data as input to mathematical models or for other types of analysis (e.g. factor analysis); or
  • providing graphical or pictorial representations of the characteristics of the population or subsets of the population.
  • All CURF users are required to read and abide by User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs, September 2009 (cat. no. 1406.0.55.003) available on the ABS web site. Use of the data for unauthorised purposes may render the user liable to severe penalties. Advice on the propriety of any particular intended use of the data is available from the Microdata and Multidimensional Data Access Strategies Section or call on (02) 6252 7714.

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