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Statistics - Australian: ABS Microdata (CURFs)

Statistics and Census Data Australia and selected International and country sources

What is ABS Microdata?

What is CURF Microdata?

Microdata consists of Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) from key Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys. The unit level for a CURF may be a household, an income unit or a family. The datasets have been confidentialised.
CURF microdata is the most detailed level of ABS statistical data available, and is used by researchers in Universities, Government and the private sector.
 ABS Microdata website.

What type of data is available?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics maintains a List of available and expected Microdata. Technical papers and user guides are available for some datasets. See also, Published Research Using Microdata.

Surveys available include the following research areas:

  • health, disability, nutrition
  • census household sample files
  • childcare
  • business innovation
  • business characteristics and performance
  • education,literacy and training
  • household expenditure
  • income and housing costs
  • labour force mobility, earnings
  • timeuse

Accessing Microdata

How do I access CURF Microdata?

CURF data is freely available to University of Sydney researchers under agreement between the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Universities Chancellors Committee (UCC).

To apply for access the first step is to consult the ABS How to apply for Microdata page.

Once you have registered download your CURF data from this page.

Available Microdata and upcoming Microdata

See also, Microdata Products available as well as Access Modes and level of detail available

Please note: If you are working as part of a project team, all participants should make separate application for CURF access.

Consult List of FAQs for additional information on ABS microdata. 

ABS Microdata DataLab