Using the ABS Protari Table Interface


Prior to accessing the ABS Protari Table Interface, you must:

  • have been approved by the ABS for participation in the trial, and
  • be registered with the authentication service Okta.

See Protari for further information about the Protari trial.

To get the most out of your Protari experience, it will help if you understand the data that you are accessing. One dataset is currently available to access using Protari:
It is the responsibility of each researcher to assess the fitness of data for your intended purposes. Protari perturbs (slightly adjusts) data outputs to protect privacy, while retaining the information value of the table as a whole. Within this context, although cells may appear to contain none, or all, of the relevant population, this is not necessarily a reflection of the true value of the cell. Data accuracy may also be impacted by statistical or other error, including but not limited to coverage error, response error and linkage error. For this reason, Protari may not be suitable for all types of research. No reliance should be placed on data cells with small values, particularly where the total table population is also small. Refer to ABS publications related to the dataset you are accessing for further information (linked above).


Information is provided to assist users with the Protari Table Interface:

Log in
Select a dataset
Build a query
Generate results
Additional features


Access the ABS Protari Table Interface:

Log in

You are directed to log in to the authentication service Okta:

Image: Screen shot of Protari Table Interface - Okta authentication


Once logged in through Okta, the Protari Table Interface is displayed:

Image: Screen shot of Protari Table Interface - seleting a dataset

From the Select dataset menu, choose which dataset you want to analyse. If only one is available, it will already be selected. You can change the selected dataset at any time.


The query options menu is displayed:

Image: Screen shot of Protari Table Interface - building a query

There are three sets of options, from left to right:

  1. 'Show the...': Choose the aggregation type, which defaults to Count (other options, Means and Sums, will only be available on some datasets),
  2. 'Display the data by...': Select which data items to include in your table, and
  3. 'And show only the data for...': Include a filter to place conditions on the data used.
For example, to request a two-dimensional table of counts by Dwelling type and Sex, add those data items to Display the data by... :

Image: Screen shot of Protari Table Interface - Display the data by...

To return the same table as above, but only for people with a specific Country of Birth, you can add a filter using And only show the data for... :

Image: Screen shot of Protari Table Interface - And show only the data for...


Click Generate Results to execute the query. This returns the data for the table you have specified:

Image: Screen shot of Protari Table Interface - Generate results
Dummy data is used in the above example.

If you add more than two data items (or more than one data item for a longitudinal dataset) to the Display the data by field, the results are displayed as a series of two-dimensional tables.


The Expanded filters button (next to Generate Results) provides an alternative interface to build your query, allowing you to view and select from the full list of data items and filters.

There are three very useful buttons at the bottom of the screen:
  1. Switch Axis X/Y switches the columns and rows.
  2. Copy URL link copies a link to the clipboard for the table you have created. You can share this link with other users who have access to this dataset to provide them with exactly the same query and result.
  3. Download XLSX downloads the results as an Excel spreadsheet. If you requested the results broken down by more than two data items, the results display as two-dimensional tables on separate tabs.