4240.0.55.003 - Microdata: Preschool Education, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/03/2019   
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This product is a release of microdata from the 2018 National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection (the Collection) in TableBuilder and the DataLab. Data item lists and information on the conditions of use and the quality of the microdata are also provided.

The Collection is compiled from administrative data provided by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The Collection contains statistics on children enrolled in and attending a preschool program across Australia.

Microdata products are the most detailed information available from a Census, survey, or administrative source and generally include confidentialised unit record level information (such as responses to individual questions on a questionnaire). They also include derived data from responses for two or more variables.


The following microdata products are available from this collection:

    TableBuilder – an online tool for creating tables and graphs.
    DataLab – secure access to unit record data for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software.
Further information about TableBuilder and the DataLab, and other general information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata, are available from the Microdata Entry Page.


To apply for access to TableBuilder or the DataLab, please follow the steps on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS website. If you are already a registered TableBuilder user, please use the TableBuilder Login page.


Further information about the Collection and microdata can be found in the various pages associated with this product, and the related release Preschool Education, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 4240.0). This information includes:


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


Other data from the Collection may be available from the ABS on request. Subject to confidentiality and data quality constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These are available, on request, on a fee for service basis. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or the Information Consultancy link on the ABS website.


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