How to Apply for Microdata

How to apply for TableBuilder and microdata

Census TableBuilder Guest datasets can be accessed without registering.

Register to automatically get access to all free datasets, including:

  • Census TableBuilder Basic
  • Businesses in Australia

  • If your organisation subscribes to TableBuilder or microdata, you will also be automatically joined to your organisation for immediate access to subscribed products.
  • See Data services 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 free TableBuilder products
  • Immediate access to your organisation's subscribed TableBuilder datasets
  • To check if you are already registered, enter your email address into the Register screen
  • If you are a user in more than one organisation, register separately using each organisation's email address

Step 2. Subscribe to TableBuilder or MicrodataDownload

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 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

See Applying for and using DataLab to:
  • complete safe researcher training
  • submit legal documentation
  • submit a project proposal
  • seek approvals

Step 4. Access data

  • 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

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


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