Access to BLADE and MADIP data

The Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) and Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) contain a wealth of data that can be used to create new insights for Australia. Integrated data extracts from MADIP and BLADE are made available to authorised researchers for approved statistical and research projects.

See Data Integration, BLADE, and MADIP for more information.

To register for access to ABS microdata, including BLADE and MADIP, see How to Apply and contact

General information about ABS microdata, including the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD), is available via the Microdata Entry Page.

Managing data access and use

The ABS uses the internationally recognised Five Safes Framework to assess and manage safe and secure access to BLADE and MADIP microdata, and to ensure data is not released in a manner likely to enable the identification of an individual.

Projects using BLADE and MADIP data must be for research or statistical purposes, and in the public interest. Projects must not be used for compliance purposes, or for any purpose associated with identifying an individual or a business.

Who can access the data?

MADIP standard microdata extracts are available to authorised government and non-government researchers for approved projects.

BLADE and custom MADIP detailed microdata are available to authorised government employees, government contractors, and individuals sponsored by government for approved projects.

How is the data accessed?

Access to BLADE and MADIP microdata is provided to authorised researchers through the secure ABS DataLab.

Prior to accessing the data, researchers must complete mandatory ABS DataLab Safe Researcher training and other onboarding requirements. To enrol in training, see the DataLab safe researcher training schedule.

Researchers must be in Australia while undertaking research using the ABS DataLab.

Enquiries and access applications

For enquiries and BLADE or MADIP access applications, contact