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ABS/Universities Australia Agreement

The ABS/Universities Australia Agreement provides a range of products and services to participating Australian universities.

Under the Agreement, staff and students are not individually invoiced for their use of the priced ABS products and services that are covered under the Agreement. This is because Universities Australia has paid for access on behalf of participating universities. Staff and students of these universities may use the products and services for the purposes of research, teaching and permitted commercial uses.

Other useful information for universities is on the Services for universities page.

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TableBuilder is an online tool for creating tables from ABS Census or survey data. Starting with an empty table, data variables can be selected for cross-tabulation. Tables can be saved within TableBuilder or exported in CSV, Excel or SDMX format.

Census and survey data are split into separate online tools. For more information, see the TableBuilder and DataPacks section and How to apply for microdata in the left navigator.


Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) are released to authorised users for approved purposes of statistical analysis and research. For more information, see the CURFs section and How to apply for microdata in the left navigator.


Information about ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL) is provided on the ABS Data Laboratory web page. Under the current Agreement, each participating university may access the ABSDL for:

  • three 3.5 hour user sessions
  • use standard statistical analysis packages (SAS, SPSS or Stata)
  • use Basic or Expanded ABS CURFs that users have already been approved to access.
Loading of other statistical packages or software, additional user sessions beyond the initial three, additional concurrent users, or creation of Specialist CURFs will incur additional charges outside the Agreement.

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. LIS is a depository for anonymised household survey microdata provided by international agencies. The range of household income data surveys represented in LIS includes ABS Income and Housing Costs microdata. Microdata from all international collections included in LIS have been adjusted to provide income, demographic, labour market and expenditure information on three different levels: household, person and child. Almost all the microdata files in LIS cover multiple reference periods.

Access is subject to users registering to use LIS through signing an annual pledge and submitting this to LIS. For information about LIS, refer to the Luxembourg Income Study website.

Permitted commercial use of CURFs under the Agreement

Permitted Commercial Use includes:
  • consultancy services for a third party, based on CURFs
  • statistical and other reports and publications produced from CURFs, and
  • teaching materials developed from CURFs.
Note that staff and students of participating universities when acting in a private capacity are not included in the Agreement. Secondary distribution of ABS CURFs or microdata is not a Permitted Commercial Use and is explicitly forbidden. Contact if you are unsure if your proposed use of the products and services falls into the above categories.


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