1406.0.55.003 - User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs, Sep 2009  
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ABS legislation requires that before CURF access can be granted by ABS, a Responsible Officer of an organisation must submit an Undertaking.

The Responsible Officer is that person legally accountable for their organisations use of CURFs.

Who can be an Responsible Officer:

    • for universities: a Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor or University Registrar
    • for government departments: a Secretary of Department, Head of Agency or equivalent, as agreed with the ABS
    • for private sector organisations: a person who has the same legal responsibility for the actions of the entity as a Departmental Secretary does for a Department. This will usually be someone with the status of CEO, Company Secretary or Managing Director


By signing the CURF Undertaking, the Responsible Officer agrees that CURF users in the organisation will:
    • not attempt to identify persons or organisations to which the information relates
    • use the information only for statistical purposes
    • not provide microdata to anyone inside or outside the organisation without the written permission of the ABS, and
    • not attempt to match the information with any other list of persons or organisations

ABS asks that the Responsible Officer assign a Contact Officer to assist in ensuring appropriate management and use of CURF Microdata within your organisation, and to liaise with the ABS on all Microdata related matters.

Further information relevant to your responsibilities can be found in the Responsible Officer - Tool Kit, Microdata Entry Page or by contacting the ABS via email.