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How to Apply for Microdata
 

TableBuilder and Census DataPacks

Step 1Register and activate user account
  • Register as a new user in Registration Centre. Use your organisation email address when registering.
  • When you receive an "activate your account email" click on the link "My Account" and activate your account.
  • When activated, all registered users automatically receive access to free products:
    Census TableBuilder Basic
    Census DataPacks
  • Step 2Join an organisation
  • Click on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au to request to join an organisation. Please provide your name, organisation and user ID number.
  • The ABS joins user to your organisation. All users joined to their organisation automatically have access to all of their organisation's subscribed data series.
  • Step 3Subscribe to paid products
  • Apply for further ABS paid products by clicking on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au.
  • See also:
    Available microdata
    Microdata prices
    ABS/Universities Australia agreement
  • The ABS will contact you to arrange payment. Access is expected to be granted within 2-5 working days (if paying by credit card) or 5-10 working days (for other modes of payment).
  • Step 4Log in and use TableBuilder or Census DataPacks
  • Log into TableBuilder or Census DataPacks via Registration Centre home.
  • Step 5Update user contact details
  • Log into Registration Centre to view or update your contact details or change your password. To change your email address or organisation contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


  • CURF microdata

    Step 1Register an organisation
  • Check if your organisation is already registered for CURF access: Organisations approved to use CURF microdata.
  • If your organisation is already registered, go to Step 2 below.
  • For organisations not yet using microdata, click on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au to request the ABS to register your organisation.
  • Head of your organisation submits Responsible Officer Undertaking to the ABS.
  • Organisation appoints staff member/s as Contact Officer.
  • The ABS sets up organisation in MiCRO, the ABS microdata application management system.
  • Step 2Register user account and join your organisation
  • Register as a new user in MiCRO.
  • Use your organisation email address when registering.
  • Request to join your organisation in MiCRO.
  • Your organisation's Contact Officer endorses you as a member of your organisation in MiCRO.
  • Users must read the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs.
  • Step 3Apply for CURF access
  • User logs into MiCRO.
  • User applies for access to microdata. CURFs are listed under one of:
    - CURFs held by my organisation (no further charges apply)
    - CURFs not held by my organisation (charges apply).
  • See also:
    Available microdata
    Microdata prices
    ABS/Universities Australia agreement
  • The ABS will contact your organisation's Contact Officer to arrange payment (if required). Access is expected to be granted within 5-15 working days (if paying by credit card) or 10-20 working days (for other modes of payment).
  • The ABS approves or rejects the microdata application and advises you and your organisation's Contact Officer of the outcome.
  • Step 4Accessing Basic and Expanded CURFs
  • Basic CURFs: Your organisation's Contact Officer provides you with access to basic CURFs on CD-ROM once you have been approved for access.
  • Expanded CURFs: Log into RADL to access expanded CURFs once you have received your log in credentials from the ABS.
  • Read the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory before using the RADL.
  • Step 5Update user contact details
  • Log into MiCRO to view or update your contact details or change your password.


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