ABS/Universities Australia agreement

ABS data services you can access as a member of a participating Australian university

Under the agreement, students, staff and researchers are not individually invoiced for their use of the charged ABS data services that are covered under the agreement. Universities Australia and participating universities have paid for access on behalf of university members.

For more information about Universities Australia, visit www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au or email contact@universitiesaustralia.edu.au.

The ABS/Universities Australia agreement allows university members to access a broad range of topics, including the Census of Population and Housing, health, education, business, labour force, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, crime, disabilities, ageing and carers.

Members of participating universities can access these data services for free or at a subsidised price.


  • create and customise your own tables, graphs and maps using highly detailed data items
  • you will automatically join your university and be granted access to all TableBuilder datasets when you register with your university email address
  • new datasets are released regularly and automatically added to your account on the day of release
  • find out more about TableBuilder and apply for access

MicrodataDownload (basic microdata)

  • basic microdata (unit record data) can be downloaded to your environment for statistical analyses, such as modelling

  • members of participating universities that have a Responsible Officer Undertaking in place may access MicrodataDownload (log into Registration Centre to check if you have access)
  • new releases are available on the day of release for approved university members to download
  • find out more about MicrodataDownload and apply for access

DataLab (detailed microdata)

  • secure analytical environment for high-end users who want to undertake real time complex analysis of microdata
  • members of participating universities covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement are not charged the DataLab annual fee for standard access for projects with up to 10 analysts
  • projects with more than 10 analysts will be charged the annual fee

  • charges apply for non-standard DataLab access and custom data integration services
  • please see DataLab charges for more information on applicable fees

  • find out more about DataLab and apply for access

Luxembourg Income Study

  • Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) is a cross-national data archive located in Luxembourg
  • Australian researchers can apply for access access to LIS data at no charge. Access is subject to users registering to use LIS through signing an annual pledge and submitting this to LIS. To apply for access to LIS, see the Luxembourg Income Study website.
  • LIS is a depository for anonymised household survey microdata provided by international agencies, including ABS Income and Housing Costs microdata. Microdata from international collections in LIS have been adjusted to provide income, demographic, labour market and expenditure information about households, persons and children. Most microdata files in LIS cover multiple reference periods.

Participating Australian universities

Universities participating in the ABS/Universities Australia agreement:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National University
  • Bond University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • CQUniversity Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Federation University Australia
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Universities Australia
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New England
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Wollongong
  • UNSW Australia
  • Victoria University
  • Western Sydney University

If your university is not listed here, you may still be able to access charged ABS data services at no additional charge. Email microdata.access@abs.gov.au to find out if your university has subscribed to data services.

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