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4324.0.55.001 - Microdata: Australian Health Survey, National Health Survey, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/09/2013   
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TableBuilder datasets are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling user specified aggregate data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with the TableBuilder can be found in TableBuilder confidentiality.

For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment..


Microdata from the Australian Health Survey (AHS) are available in TableBuilder. The microdata is from the 2011-12 National Health Survey (NHS) component only and contains information including Household demographics, Socio-Economic Indexes for Area (SEIFA) information, Education qualifications, Occupation, Industry, Country of Birth, General dietary information, Physical measurements, Long-term medical conditions, Alcohol and Smoking use, Sex, and Age.

The level of detail provided for data items are available within the TableBuilder data item list that can be found by clicking on the Downloads page of this product.


The 2011-12 National Health Survey (NHS) was conducted between 6 March 2011 and 17 March 2012 as part of the Australian Health Survey (AHS). This microdata products is released approximately 10 months after enumeration is completed.


The TableBuilder microdata contains levels of detail of data items generally equivalent to that found in Australian Health Survey: Health Service Usage and Health Related Actions, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.002). For more information on the level of detail provided for the TableBuilder, see the associated data item list.

Steps to confidentialise the data made available on the TableBuilder are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the TableBuilder with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the following link:

TableBuilder confidentiality


Results from the most recent household survey on this topic can be found in Australian Health Survey: Health Service Usage and Health Related Actions, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.002). Other related information can be found here Australian Health Survey: Health Service Usage and Health Related Actions, 2011-12 - Related Information. Data from earlier Health Surveys can be obtained by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

Much of the content of the health surveys conducted by the ABS in since 2001 is comparable. There are some differences in sample design and content, survey methodology and content, definitions and classification and will affect the interpretation of apparent changes in health characteristics.

The Interpretation of Results section of Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13 (cat. no. 4363.0.55.001) provides more detailed information on the comparability of the 2011-12 NHS and the 2007-08 NHS.


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information including Survey methodology, File structure, Using the TableBuilder, Conditions of use and the Data Item List.

The Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13 (cat. no. 4363.0.55.001) includes information on the survey objectives, survey methods and design, survey content, data quality and interpretation, output data items, information about the availability of results and comparability with previous surveys. Further information can also be found in the Explanatory Notes section of Australian Health Survey: Health Service Usage and Health Related Actions, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.002).


Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wishing to access the microdata should read the How to Apply for Microdata web page. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

NHS 2011-12 can be accessed using TableBuilder.

Any questions regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to or phone (02) 6252 7714.

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