Free access to confidentialised ABS datasets


The Australian Bureau of Statistics/Universities Australia agreement allows researchers from our university to apply for free of charge access to various confidentialised datasets. ABS has been working on initiatives aimed at longitudinal integration of different datasets to mention a few:

Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset

This dataset uses the Census of Population and Housing to build a longitudinal picture giving an overview of social and economic change over time. Three waves of data have so far contributed to the ACLD from the 2006 Census (Wave 1), 2011 Census (Wave 2) and 2016 Census (Wave 3).

The Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE) combines business tax data and information from ABS surveys over time to provide a better understanding of Australian businesses and the economy.

Multi-Agency Data Integration Project

The Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) is a partnership among six Australian Government agencies to combine longitudinal information on healthcare, education, government payments and personal income tax with population demographics to create a comprehensive social picture of Australia.

Furthermore few other new microdata products are also now available:

  • Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia, 2021
  • Preschool Education, 2020
  • Motor Vehicle Use, 2020 
  • Education and Work, May 2020
  • Characteristics of Employment, 2020

The full list of all 250 datasets available can be found at

For other opportunities of obtaining confidentialised and open data access please refer to

Inquiries about the datasets and the application procedures can be directed to

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