6540.0 - Microdata: Household Expenditure, Income and Housing, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/10/2017   
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This product provides information about the release of microdata from the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) and Household Expenditure Survey (HES), Australia, 2015–16, which includes a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) and a Detailed File available via the DataLab. Included is information about the following:

  • Basic CURF
  • The survey
  • The microdata files and content
  • An explanation of how to use the files
  • The data item list
  • The conditions of use and
  • Information on the quality of the microdata.

Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions. This level of detail is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.

Available Products

The following microdata products are available or planned for release from this survey:
  • Basic CURF - datasets available on MicrodataDownload
  • DataLab - approved users can access a remote desktop environment for in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages, available from late 2017.

The Expanded CURF, the use of the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and distribution of CURFs via CD-ROM have been discontinued for this collection, to be replaced by the Detailed File available through the DataLab. Several data items and additional detail previously only available on Expanded CURF will now be available on the Basic CURF.

Further information about these services, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page.

Before you apply for access, you should read and familiarise yourself with the information contained in the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.003).

Apply for Access

To apply for access to the CURF, please register and apply at How to Apply for Microdata.

To apply for access to the DataLab, please register at How to Apply for Microdata and contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au to arrange a session.

Further Information

Further information about the survey and the microdata product: