All Basic CURFs are available in MicrodataDownload
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MicrodataDownload is a convenient way to access basic Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs):
  • designed for use in your own environment
  • over 100 basic CURFs available
  • secure download in your choice of file formats, with most available in SAS, SPSS, Stata and CSV
  • data items likely to be reported at a broader level than other ABS microdata products

  1. Only Australian organisations may apply for MicrodataDownload. International organisations may request access to specific basic CURFs, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Organisations must have a valid Responsible Officer Undertaking in place.
  3. You must be registered and joined to your organisation through the Registration Centre.
  4. Contact Officers must comply with the requirements for managing Basic CURF distribution within their organisation.
  5. You must comply with the conditions agreed to by your Responsible Officer and understand your obligations as a microdata user, detailed in the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata Guide. This includes:


To subscribe to MicrodataDownload, see How to apply and Prices. If you already have a Registration Centre account you can log in to view the list of products your organisation has subscribed to.

If your organisation has previously purchased individual basic CURFs on CD-ROM, your organisation's Contact Officer can provide you with access to the data. Log into Registration Centre for a list of your organisation's Contact Officers. When using basic CURFs provided on CD-ROM or via MicrodataDownload, you and your organisation must still comply with the requirements listed above.


Basic CURF microdata are available on a wide range of topics such as Census of Population and Housing, health, education, labour force, migrants, crime, disability, ageing and carers. Available microdata contains information on which products are available as well as links to supporting materials such as data item lists. Compare access options and Frequently asked questions to see how basic CURF microdata files compare to other types of data and access.