How to Apply for Microdata
 

How to apply for TableBuilder and microdata

Census TableBuilder datasets can be accessed as a guest 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

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 microdata.access@abs.gov.au 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 to TableBuilder or MicrodataDownload

Send an email to microdata.access@abs.gov.au 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 MicrodataDownload, 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. DataLab onboarding

Request a project proposal template
Onboarding requirements
  • Each user must attend face-to-face safe researcher training, sign a Declaration of Compliance and Individual Undertaking
  • The head of your organisation must also submit a Responsible Officer Undertaking to the ABS, see Responsible Use of ABS Microdata user guide
  • See About the DataLab for more information


Step 4. Access data

TableBuilder
MicrodataDownload
  • Log into MicrodataDownload
  • Alternatively, if your organisation has previously received basic microdata 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

DataLab
  • Log into DataLab using the credentials we provide you after approval