How to Apply for Microdata

Census TableBuilder Guest datasets can be accessed as a guest user without registering.

For access to all other TableBuilder and microdata data series, you need to register and subscribe. If your organisation subscribes to TableBuilder or microdata, you will be automatically joined to their organisation for immediate access to subscribed products. You can subscribe to Census TableBuilder Basic datasets for free. See Prices for subscription costs for MicrodataDownload, DataLab, Census TableBuilder Pro and other TableBuilder datasets.

Step 1: Register and activate your account STEP 1. REGISTER AND ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Register and agree to Conditions of use

  • Use your organisation email address when registering to join automatically (unlimited organisation members at no additional charge)
  • Receive an email asking you to activate your account by clicking on the link
  • Immediate access to Census TableBuilder Basic
  • Immediate access to your organisation's subscribed TableBuilder datasets
  • If you are not sure if you have previously registered, contact or phone 1300 135 070 before re-registering
  • If you are a user in more than one organisation, you will need to register separately using each organisation's email address

Step 2: Subscribe STEP 2. SUBSCRIBE

Send an email to including your name, organisation, user ID number and the products and systems you are interested in
  • The ABS processes the application and advises you and your organisation's Contact Officer of the outcome
  • The ABS contacts your organisation's Contact Officer to arrange payment if required (credit card is the preferred payment method)
  • If you are applying for basic or expanded CURFs or detailed microdata files, the head of your organisation must also submit a Responsible Officer Undertaking to the ABS, see Responsible Use of ABS Microdata user guide

Step 3: Access data STEP 3. ACCESS DATA

Basic CURFs
  • Log into MicrodataDownload
  • Alternatively, if your organisation has previously received basic CURFs on CD-ROM, your Contact Officer can provide you with access once you have registered and joined your organisation in the Registration Centre
  • Log into Registration Centre for a list of your organisation's Contact Officers

Expanded CURFs and Detailed Microdata in DataLab
  • Contact with your name, organisation and the microdata file you are interested in accessing
  • Each user must attend face-to-face training, sign a Declaration of Compliance and Individual Undertaking
  • User submits a project proposal
  • See About the DataLab for more information