Microdata: Mortality, Enhanced Characteristics, Australia

Provides data on death registrations from 2011 - 2012 which has been augmented with data from the 2011 census


This publication provides information about data included in the Microdata: Mortality, Enhanced Characteristics, Australia, 2011-12 product. This detailed microdata product provides data from the Death Registrations to Census Linkage Project. This project linked death registrations of persons who were registered as deceased between 10 August 2011 and 27 September 2012 inclusive, with records from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. For further details see Research Paper: Death Registrations to Census Linkage Project - A Linked Dataset for Analysis (cat. no. 1351.0.55.058).

This level of detail is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.


Information pertaining to death registrations in the linked dataset draws extensively on information provided freely by the state and territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and the Victorian Department of Justice, who manage the National Coronial Information System (NCIS). Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of vitals statistics published by the ABS would not be possible.

The ABS also acknowledges the provision of data from all Australians, as part of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

Available products

A data item list and a test file is available from the Downloads tab in this publication. The data item list provides a comprehensive list of all Census and mortality-related data items available in this product. A test file is included to assist users in understanding the structure of the data and to test code. This test file does not contain real data and cannot be used for analysis. The actual microdata product is available through the ABS DataLab, which enables in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages, including SAS, Stata and SPSS. Further information about the ABS DataLab and other general information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata are available from the Microdata Entry Page.

Data items

Data item list

The complete data item list for the Microdata: Mortality, Enhanced Characteristics product is available in the Data downloads section of this release. This data item list shows the data items available and what each data item value indicates in the detailed microdata product. Contained within the data item list are cell comments which provide further context to the variable, including the origin of the data item and the classification used for derivation of the variable. It is recommended that the cell comments are referred to when using the detailed microdata product.

The data item list contains groupings of variables by category (e.g. Person data items, Mortality - Causes of Death) and by alphabetical order.

For a glossary of terms relating to the mortality and census data collections see the Glossary of Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0) and the Glossary of the Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0).

Test file

The test file does not contain real data and cannot be used for analysis.

A test file has been created for the microdata product. The purpose of the test file is to allow researchers/analysts to become familiar with the data structure to prepare code/programs prior to applying for, or commencing, an ABS DataLab session. This aims to maximise the value of sessions by saving users' time and resources once they enter the ABS DataLab environment.

The test file mimics the structure of the Mortality, Enhanced Characteristics, Australia 2011-2012 microdata - it has the same items and allowed values, however, all data in the test file is false, created through a randomisation process. Proportions of values within data items in the test file will be similar to those in the real data; however relationships between data items are not (intentionally) maintained. It is extremely unlikely that a record in the test file would match with a genuine record in the real data.

The test file is available as a free download from the Data downloads section. It can also be made available in other file formats on request. For further information, users should email microdata.access@abs.gov.au or telephone (02) 6252 7714.

Conditions of use

ABS responsibilities

The Census and Statistics ACT 1905 includes a legislative guarantee to respondents that their confidentiality will be protected. This is fundamental to the trust that the Australian public has in the ABS and that trust is, in turn, fundamental to maintaining the quality of ABS information. Without that trust, respondents may be less forthcoming or truthful in answering ABS questionnaires. For more information, see 'Avoiding inadvertent disclosure' and 'Microdata' on the web page How the ABS keeps your information confidential. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

User responsibilities

Use of ABS microdata requires individual users to adhere to responsibilities that are defined under Clause 7 of the Statistics Determination 1983, under the Census and Statistics ACT 1905. These responsibilities are provided in the microdata Undertaking that is signed by a Responsible Officer of each organisation, prior to microdata products being released.

In addition, each individual microdata user is required to sign and abide by an Individual Undertaking and Declaration of Compliance.

Conditions of sale

All ABS products and services are provided subject to the ABS Disclaimer, ABS Copyright and ABS Conditions of Sale. Any queries relating to these Conditions of Sale should be emailed to intermediary.management@abs.gov.au.


Microdata access is priced according to the 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 web page.

How to apply for access

To apply for access to this dataset in the DataLab, information on access steps can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS website.

Australian universities

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 of Australia Agreement web page.


Information or data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics must be acknowledged responsibly whenever it is used. Citing, or referencing, is important for several reasons, including acknowledging that one has used the ideas, words or data of others. Accurately citing sources used also allows others to find and use original information. For information on how to cite ABS data please refer to Guide to ABS Sources.

The microdata web pages dedicate space for all submitted citations on our website, from the Published Research Using ABS Microdata web page. This information can assist in two ways: broadening the author's audience and assisting in the decision-making process for upcoming use of ABS microdata.

Further information

The Microdata Entry page on the ABS website contains links to microdata-related information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata. For further information, users should email microdata.access@abs.gov.au or telephone (02) 6252 7714.

For further information about data sources, data scope, linking methodology, weighting methodology and data quality see the Explanatory Notes section. The Data Items List is available from the Data downloads section.

For further information about the Test File, see the Test File section. The Test File is available in the Data downloads section.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the ABS information centre on 1300 135 070, or use the Contact us form. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.

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Quality declaration

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 3303.0.55.002.

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