DataLab onboarding schedule

DataLab onboarding must be undertaken in person before using the DataLab. This is usually run on-site at ABS offices.

DataLab onboarding provides you with:

  • your shared responsibilities as a DataLab user
  • legislative requirements
  • an understanding appropriate output for ABS clearance

DataLab onboarding is not:
  • statistical training
  • code or analytical language training

There is currently no charge for attending one of the scheduled sessions listed below. If you want to arrange an additional session at a different time or location, these may be arranged at a cost to your organisation. A minimum of ten attendees is preferred. Email your request to

DataLab onboarding is usually run as a half-day session. This may also be combined with a half-day of TableBuilder training for an additional cost (dependent on resource availability and sufficient number of attendees).


Responsible Officer Undertaking: All organisations that access microdata must have a Responsible Officer Undertaking in place.

Experience in statistical analytical languages: DataLab users must be experienced in one of the analytical languages available within the DataLab. If you do not have knowledge of these analytical languages, you are advised to seek guidance and expertise within your organisation prior to using microdata. The DataLab environment contains up to date versions of SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, R Studio and Anaconda analytical languages.

Statistical experience: You must have sufficient knowledge, experience and statistical capability necessary for handling information, as well as a commitment to protecting and maintaining the confidentiality of data. This may be through statistical qualifications or research experience.

Registration: You must be registered and joined to your organisation in the Registration Centre.

Individual Undertaking and DataLab Declaration of Compliance: Submit these documents after you have attended your onboarding session.


If you would like to access microdata in the DataLab, select a session below. Use the Enrol now links to email the ABS about the session you are interested in attending and an ABS staff member will contact you. Dates are tentative and dependent on sufficient number of attendees.

If your organisation has not yet been approved to access microdata, see How to apply to arrange a subscription before booking a session.

2019 Onboarding Schedule
CanberraEmail your interest to enrol
Monday 21 October 201912.45pm - 5.00pmFULL
Tuesday 22 October 20198.45am - 1.00pmFULL
Monday 9 December 201912.45pm - 5.00pmEnrol now
Tuesday 10 December 20198.45am - 1.00pmEnrol now
SydneyEmail your interest to enrol
Monday 16 December 20198.45am - 1.00pmEnrol now
MelbourneEmail your interest to enrol
Monday 2 December 201912.45pm - 5.00pmEnrol now
Tuesday 3 December 20198.45am - 1.00pmEnrol now
BrisbaneEmail your interest to enrol
Monday 25 November 201912.45pm - 5.00pmEnrol now
Tuesday 26 November 20198.45am - 1.00pmEnrol now
TownsvilleEmail your interest to enrol
Future sessions to be arrangedRegister your interest
AdelaideEmail your interest to enrol
Thursday 21 November 201912.45pm - 5.00pmEnrol now
PerthEmail your interest to enrol
Future sessions to be arrangedRegister your interest
HobartEmail your interest to enrol
Future sessions to be arrangedRegister your interest
DarwinEmail your interest to enrol
Future sessions to be arrangedRegister your interest


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