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Data services prices

There are a number of ways to access ABS data, in addition to data available on the website. Compare data services and Available microdata to find the right product for you. Not all topics are available in all data services. Prices differ depending on the data service and type of data requested:


Members of participating universities will not be invoiced for products and services covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement. Universities Australia and participating universities have paid for access on behalf of their students, staff and researchers.

All charges listed include GST where applicable.

Charges are reviewed annually.


TableBuilder and MicrodataDownload

Subscribe your organisation to:
    • access all reference periods within the data series
    • access new datasets on the day of release
    • add unlimited members to your organisation at any time (at no additional charge)
    • subscribe to new data series at any time of year
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Subscriptions
Ending June 2022

TableBuilder
Census TableBuilder Guest
Free
Businesses in Australia
Free
Census TableBuilder Basic
Free
Census TableBuilder Pro
$2,670
TableBuilder - other datasets
$1,340 per data series

MicrodataDownload - access all basic microdata for one subscription price
$4,350


Individuals not associated with an organisation can also subscribe to TableBuilder and MicrodataDownload. Contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au for further information.


Information consultancy service

The Information Consultancy service provides aggregate data customised to meet your requirements. You may submit a request for an obligation free quote. Minimum charge is approximately $600.


DataLab

Approved users can access standard detailed microdata in the DataLab for approved projects. This includes:
    • ABS survey and census collections
    • Data ABS has collected from other organisations (with custodian approval)
    • Integrated microdata such as:
      • Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) Basic Longitudinal Extract
      • MADIP Modular product
      • Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) Core plus BLADE ABS survey modules, Intellectual Property Longitudinal Research Data (IPLORD) and Merchandise Imports and Exports
      • MADIP Modular product linked to BLADE Core plus ABS Business Characteristics Survey

MADIP/BLADE enduring data custodians and members of participating universities covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement will not be charged for standard DataLab access. Charges are applicable for any non-standard DataLab access.

Current DataLab access charges (applicable to 31 December 2021) are provided in Table 1 below.

A review of DataLab access charges was completed in May 2021. New DataLab access charges will be applicable from 1 January 2022 (see Table 2).

Charges may also apply for other services that are not part of the standard DataLab offering.


1. Current DataLab charges - 1 July to 31 Dec 2021

1A. Standard DataLab access charges

Type of user
DataLab user registration
Project establishmentActive DataLab use
    • One off charge per person
    • Applies to new DataLab users or discussants
  • One off charge per project
  • Payable on project approval
  • Applies to new projects (or new phases of existing projects) requiring ABS project review and approvals
  • Charge per project
  • Active use does not include researchers approved for projects as discussants who do not have a DataLab account
  • Applies to existing and new DataLab projects
  • Half financial year charge pending new arrangements commencing 1 Jan 2022

Government (Commonwealth, State and Territory, Local)
(GST not applicable)
$750
$2,500
    $1,300 for projects with 1-5 users
    $2,600 for projects with 6-20 users
    $5,000 for projects with 20+ users

Approved non-government researchers (including public policy research institutes and academics not covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement)
$825
$2,750
    $1,430 for projects with 1-5 users
    $2,860 for projects with 6-20 users
    $5,500 for projects with 20+ users

Academics working on academic projects at universities covered by ABS/Universities Australia (UA) Agreement
Covered under ABS/UA Agreement
Covered under ABS/UA Agreement
Covered under ABS/UA Agreement

MADIP/BLADE enduring data custodians
n/a
n/a
n/a

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1B. Non-standard DataLab access charges
GST not applicable
Including GST

Machines above the large virtual machine size
  • charge per person per project
Quote provided on a case by case basis dependent on project requirementsQuote provided on a case by case basis dependent on project requirements

Project storage above 1TB:
  • annual charge for each additional TB per project
  • half financial year charge pending new arrangements commencing 1 Jan 2022
$150
$165

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2. New DataLab charges - 1 January to 30 June 2022

2A. Standard DataLab access charges

Type of user
Standard fee (per new project)
One-off
Includes:
  • project establishment
  • first five DataLab users or discussants
  • standard virtual machines
  • standard software (e.g. R, Python, Stata)
  • project storage up to 1TB

Government (Commonwealth, State and Territory, Local)
(GST not applicable)
$4,300

Approved non-government researchers (including public policy research institutes and academics not covered by the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement)
$4,730

Academics working on academic projects at universities covered by ABS/Universities Australia Agreement
Covered under ABS/UA Agreement
to 31 Dec 2022

MADIP/BLADE enduring data custodians
n/a

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2B. Non-standard DataLab access charges
GST not applicable
Including GST

Additional DataLab users or discussants
  • one-off charge per person per project
  • applied when total researchers and discussants ever exceed five persons per project
$600
$660

Changes requiring custodian re-approval
  • one-off charge per change per project
  • example: a data, project scope or partner organisation change for projects involving integrated microdata
$600
$660

Use of SAS
  • charge per person per project
  • half financial year charge pending annual charging review
  • charge is contributing to the pool of licence costs
$450
$495

Machines above the large virtual machine size
  • charge per person per project
  • half financial year charge pending annual charging review
$3,250 (minimum)
$3,575 (minimum)

Project storage above 1TB
  • charge for each additional TB per project
  • half financial year charge pending annual charging review
$150
$165



Data integration services

If your project needs cannot be met using standard detailed microdata, you can request custom data integration services (including for MADIP and BLADE).

Custom microdata is accessed through the DataLab. DataLab access charges (as above) are applicable for custom microdata requests.

Contact data.services@abs.gov.au to discuss your data integration requirements and to request a quote.


Privacy and pricing policies

The ABS privacy policy and DataLab privacy notice outline how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

Microdata access is priced in accordance with ABS pricing policy.

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