Flinders University signed agreements with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat) that entitle our researchers to apply for free of charge access to the following confidentialised datasets:

 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Department of Social Services (DSS)

The Guide to Australian longitudinal studies explains the unique strengths and opportunities of offered by the DSS longitudinal data. It also summarises the features of listed below longitudinal studies.

Statistical office of the European Union (Eurostat)

 

 

Australian Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)

 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) makes a range of data available to university researchers. Some of the data is classified as Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs). CURFs contain unidentified unit record data from most of the key ABS social and labour household surveys. Strict provisions concerning confidentiality and access govern their use. Currently, there are 160 datasets available.

What is a CURF?

  • A Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) contains sample data in the form of unit records where the information is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation. Accordingly, there are no names or addresses of survey respondents in a CURF.
  • CURF data is also further confidentialised by reducing the detail of some items (especially locational data) and making small changes to other items such as income.
  • CURFs provide the most detailed information which can be released from an ABS survey.
  • The basic unit in a CURF may be a household, a family, an income unit or a person. Some CURFs may contain data at more than one unit level.
  • To make effective use of a CURF requires basic statistical and analytical skills and ability to understand the concepts underlying the data.
  • Most CURFs are supplied in SAS and SPSS format. CURFs from earlier ABS surveys may be in ASCII format.

Types of CURFs

CURFs may be available in either Basic or Expanded format.

Basic CURFs are available on CD-ROM or accessed via the RADL (see Modes of access to CURFs below). Basic CURF data have protections applied to prevent identification of persons and households. For example, age may be grouped into 5-year categories, country of birth collapsed to broader groupings and the level of geography set.

Expanded CURFs are available only through the RADL system (see Modes of access to CURFs below). The RADL protections enable the data to have fewer protections applied, and in some cases, more data items may be available. For example, age may be in single years, more detailed country of birth and more extensive geographic items may be included.

Modes of access to CURFs

Each CURF may potentially be available in three different access modes:

  • CD-ROM - Each authorised user is supplied with a CD-ROM that they can work with on their own computer. CURF data supplied on CD-ROM is provided at the Basic level only.
  • ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) - CURF data accessed through the RADL is at a greater level of detail than that provided on CD-ROM, including Expanded CURFs. Access to the RADL is only via a secure web-based data query service. SPSS, SAS or Stata commands are submitted via the web interface and are executed on the ABS servers. Provided the commands meet certain ABS restrictions, the output of the query is provided back to the user.
  • ABS Site Data Laboratory (ABSDL) - For a greater level of data detail again, the ABSDL can be used. This is provided via a secure data query service on ABS premises under ABS supervision. SPSS, SAS or Stata commands are submitted and are executed on the ABS servers. Provided the commands meet certain ABS restrictions, the output of the query is provided back to the user.

For more information on the benefits and restrictions of the different access modes refer to the CURF Access Modes and Levels of Detail.

For users new to the RADL the ABS has prepared this guide: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

What CURFs are available?

The ABS website maintains a list of all available and expected CURFs, and they can be accessed in here. This includes information on the type of CURF (Basic or Expanded) and modes of access available.

How can I apply for access to a CURF?

Flinders University is a signatory to an agreement between the ABS and Universities Australia concerning the provision and use of CURFs.

Information about the application procedure can be found in here.

Any additional enquiries about the application procedure and use of Australian CURFs at Flinders University should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.

New Zealand Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)

Similar to the ABS, Statistics New Zealand releases CURFs to approved researchers. Under the Agreement, New Zealand Basic CURFs will be available to Australian university researchers via the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

Access to Statistics New Zealand Basic CURFs is subject to approval by Statistics New Zealand. The list of available CURFs can be found here.

Any additional enquiries about the application procedure and use of NZ CURFs at Flinders University should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.

Luxembourg Income Study

The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) is a cross-national data archive located in Luxembourg. The Agreement provides access to LIS data for Australian researchers.

The LIS archive contains two primary databases:

  • The LIS Database includes income microdata from a large number of countries at multiple points in time.
  • The LWS Database includes wealth microdata from a smaller selection of countries.

The main objective of the LIS project is to harmonise and standardise the microdata from the different surveys in order to facilitate international comparative research. Access is subject to users registering to use LIS by signing an annual pledge and then submitting this to LIS.

For more information about LIS, please refer to the Luxembourg Income Study website.

Enquiries about the application procedure through the Flinders University agreement with the ABS should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.

Survey Table Builder products

Our university has entered into an agreement with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) allowing our researchers to obtain free of charge access to the Survey TableBuilder products.

In addition to a large number of TableBuilders offered along with more detailed versions of the data in the CURFs format, there are over 30 datasets offered exclusively as TableBuilders.
List of available and expected TableBuilder can be accessed in here. More information about these products can be found in here

In order to obtain access to the TableBuilder, you will need to:
(1) Review the registration terms & conditions

(2) Learn more about the registration procedure following instructions in here. Only instructions how to register under the organisational licence are relevant.

Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA)

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a household-based panel study which began in 2001. It collects information about economic and subjective well-being, labour market dynamics and family dynamics. Interviews are conducted annually with all adult members of each household. The panel members are followed over time.

Researchers can now apply for access to data from waves 1-15. Subsequent waves will be released on an annual basis.

Further information about HILDA can be found here.

Enquiries about the application procedure and use of HILDA at Flinders University should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.

Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)

The study aims to examine the impact of Australia's unique social and cultural environment on the next generation and will promote understanding of early childhood development, inform social policy debate, and be used to identify opportunities for early intervention and prevention strategies in policy areas concerning children. It explores family and social issues. It also addresses a range of research questions about children's development and wellbeing. Its longitudinal structure will enable researchers to determine critical periods for the provision of services and welfare support and identify the long-term consequences of policy innovations.

Researchers can now apply for access to data from Waves 1-6. Subsequent waves will be released on a bi-annual basis.

Further information about LSAC can be found here.

Enquiries about the application procedure and use of LSAC at Flinders University should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.

Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)

The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) is collecting important information about the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, covering areas such as health, culture, education, housing and family relationships.

The study is designed to determine how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children develop resilience, what helps to improve their wellbeing and future, and to recognise links between early childhood experiences and later life outcomes.

Researchers can now apply for access to data from waves 1-7. Subsequent waves will be released on an annual basis.

Further information about LSIC can be found here.

Enquiries about the application procedure and use of LSIC at Flinders University should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.

Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants - Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA)

The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) is a longitudinal study of the settlement experience of humanitarian arrivals in Australia, over five years, from 2013 until 2018.

The project aims to increase understanding of the well-being and experiences of humanitarian migrants settling in Australia. More than 1,500 migrating units (2,399 individuals) were interviewed in the first stage of the study. The study will follow individuals and migrating units through their settlement journey and look at their experiences, challenges, adaptations and outcomes over time.

Researchers can now apply for access to data from Waves 1-2. Subsequent waves will be released on an annual basis.

Further information about BNLA can be found here.

Enquiries about the application procedure and use of BNLA at Flinders University should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.

Eurostat Microdata

Eurostat provides access to 12 listed below datasets. Many of them are longitudinal but also collected in the majority of the European countries. Eurostat Microdata website offers detailed information about each one of them.

- European Community Household Panel
- European Union Labour Force Survey
- Community Innovation Survey
- European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions
- Structure of Earnings Survey
- Adult Education Survey
- European Road Freight Transport Survey
- European Health Interview Survey
- Continuing Vocational Training Survey
- Community Statistics on information Society
- Micro-Moments Dataset
- Household Budget Survey

Detailed information about the organisation and availability of the datasets can be found in here.

Enquiries about the application procedure and use of Eurostat Microdata at Flinders University should be directed to the Statistical Consultant, extension 13346.