DataLab is the data analysis solution for high-end users who want to undertake interactive (real time) complex analysis of microdata. Virtual access to DataLab is currently being trialled.
Who can and can't access DataLab during the trial?
PREREQUISITES FOR DATALAB ACCESS
Access to the DataLab is restricted to authorised users. To become an authorised user, you must meet these requirements:
DataLab conditions of access: You must comply with the DataLab conditions of access and other requirements contained in the Responsible Use of Microdata Guide. This includes:
Onboarding: You must attend an in-person DataLab onboarding session.
Undertakings: Microdata undertakings are legal documents that organisations you must sign before being approved to access the DataLab. The documents are available from the Downloads tab of the Responsible Use of Microdata Guide.
Experience in statistical analytical languages: You must be experienced in one of the analytical languages available within the DataLab. If you do not have knowledge of these analytical languages, seek guidance and expertise within your organisation prior to using microdata. The ABS does not provide a code advisory service. The DataLab environment contains recent versions of R (R Studio), SAS, SPSS, Stata and Python (Anaconda) software. Word, Excel, Acrobat Reader and UltraEdit are also available. Other software packages may be evaluated by the ABS for inclusion if there is sufficient user demand.
Statistical experience: You must have sufficient knowledge, experience and statistical capability necessary for handling information, as well as a commitment to protecting and maintaining the confidentiality of data. This may be through statistical qualifications or research experience.
Statistical purpose: Access to microdata in the DataLab must be for statistical or research purposes. Access for regulatory or compliance purposes is not permitted. Research projects using detailed microdata must also provide public value.
Conditions of use: You must be registered and joined to your organisation in the Registration Centre. When registering, you must agree to the Conditions of use.
AVAILABLE MICRODATA IN THE DATALAB
There are two types of microdata files available within the DataLab environment:
Detailed microdata files have been designed specifically for use within the DataLab environment. Detailed microdata have direct identifiers (such as names and addresses) removed and have had further appropriate confidentiality applied within the context of the other security features of the DataLab. Detailed microdata files can be used by experienced researchers within the DataLab to undertake sophisticated and in-depth analyses.
Expanded CURFs (Confidentialised Unit Record Files) are less detailed than Detailed Microdata, but are more widely available to researchers.
There are a wide range of topics including health, education, labour force, migrants, crime, business, disabilities, ageing and carers. Some datasets provide access to ABS survey results while other datasets contain administrative data collected by other organisations. Available microdata contains information on which microdata products are available as well as links to supporting materials such as data item lists. See How to apply and Compare access options.