Microdata Entry Page
Microdata is a powerful research resource available for you to undertake in-depth analysis. There are hundreds of topics and datasets available that allow you to:
To find the right microdata product for you, Compare access options and Available microdata.
The ABS collects data from a range of sources including surveys, censuses and administrative collections. This data is used to create microdata files, which contain detailed information about individuals, businesses and other groups. Within a microdata file, each record or row of the dataset represents information relating to one person, household or business.
Microdata allows researchers to inform decisions of importance for Australia. Published Research using microdata provides many examples of what is possible.
Access to microdata is managed to protect privacy and confidentiality. Users need to apply and be approved by the ABS before accessing microdata. Microdata is released using methods and systems that protect the confidentiality of people, households, and businesses. For information about your obligations when using microdata and confidentiality, see:
TYPES OF MICRODATA
If you want to build, customise, save and export your own tables, graphs and maps in a range of output formats, TableBuilder is a good place to start.
If you want to conduct statistical analyses in your own environment, downloading a basic Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) may be the best option. Basic CURFs contain fully confidentialised microdata and are available from MicrodataDownload.
If you want to conduct complex statistical analyses on highly detailed data, the DataLab may suit your needs.