Survey Participant Information - Self help to submit your data

If you need help accessing the data submission portal you can go to our ABS Survey Account help page.

Can't find what you need? Contact us for assistance.

In this section
1. How do I securely upload files and folders?
2. What file types can be submitted?
3. What do I name my file?
4. How do I know I have successfully submitted my data?
5. How do I delegate a data submission?
6. Can I Submit data to the ABS using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)?

1. How do I securely upload files and folders?

  • The ABS Survey Account will be your doorway to the Informatica Transfer Portal for secure data uploads in most instances.
  • The account creation process will be detailed in the contact the ABS makes with your business/organisation.
  • For help with the account creation process you can go to our ABS Survey Account help page.

Follow the steps below to upload your data in the Informatica File Transfer Portal:

  1. Claim your Form Access Code (FAC). You should then see your submission appear in “My data submissions”.
  2. If you select 'Start'/'Resume' you will go through to the Informatica File Transfer Portal. Here you will see the 'Secure Folders' or 'More Information' options.
  3. Clicking on Secure Folders will take you to the Inbox and Outbox screen. The Inbox is where you will upload your data files.

In 'Inbox' you can securely transfer files to the ABS.
  • You can upload a file via drag and drop or browse.
  • After a file has been successfully uploaded you will receive a notice at the bottom of the screen.
  • The file will be removed from your Inbox view and sent to the ABS for processing. It may take up to five minutes to process the file, depending on its size.

The 'Outbox' takes you to the ABS Outbox, in future the ABS will use this to securely return your files for submission changes.

2. What file types can be submitted?

  • The accepted file types are .csv, .xls, .xlsx, .txt, .zip, .gz, .7zip, .pdf, and .tar. If you need to submit files larger than 2GB please contact us.
  • Files within a compressed folder will need to be in an accepted file type and follow the correct naming structure and size restrictions as detailed in the instructions from the ABS.

3. What do I name my file?

  • In order to successfully submit your files they will need to adhere to specific naming conventions.
  • Please follow the instructions provided to you from the ABS for details on how to name your files.

4. How do I know I have successfully submitted my data?

  • When files upload successfully to the ABS Inbox, a notice will appear at the bottom of the Informatica File Transfer Portal screen.
  • After a short delay, the file should be removed from your Inbox view.

Once you've uploaded your data you can navigate back to your ABS Survey Account via the tabs in your browser. Here you can check the status of your upload.
  • For single data submission there will be a processing delay depending on the file size. When the file has finished processing successfully the Survey ID will move from the 'My data submissions' list into the 'My data submission history' list. During processing the status within the 'My data submissions' list will remain 'Not Started Yet'.
  • For a multiple submission, after the first submission has been processed and received the status will update to 'Response Received' and the 'File Submitted' count will reflect the number of files submitted to date. This may appear as the number of files submitted out of the total number expected (e.g. 1/12). Where the total expected count hasn’t been set, the count may appear as an open-ended count (e.g. 1/-). When the final submission is processed and received the Survey ID will move into the 'My data submission history' list.

If there were any issues with receiving or processing your data submission you might receive a reminder email. If you are not sure if your submission was successful please contact us.

5. How do I delegate a data submission


To move your data submission access to another ABS Survey Account the delegate function may be used. If the delegate function is not enabled for your data submission you can contact us.

6. Can I Submit data to the ABS using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)?


After you have created your ABS Survey Account and claimed your first Form Access Code to submit your data, there may be the option of setting up Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). Having SFTP allows easier submission of files over 2GB. Additionally, SFTP offers the functionality of automating data file transfers. If this is something your IT area would be interested in setting up please contact us.