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ABS INTEGRATING AUTHORITY ACCREDITATION

In April 2012, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) became an accredited Integrating Authority under the Commonwealth data integration interim arrangements. A copy of the accreditation claims made by ABS, which have been verified by an independent auditor, is available through the National Statistical Service website.


WHAT IS AN ACCREDITED INTEGRATING AUTHORITY?


An accredited Integrating Authority is one which has been granted accreditation by the Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board. Projects which are assessed as high risk must be undertaken by an accredited Integrating Authority.


WHY CHOOSE ABS AS YOUR INTEGRATING AUTHORITY?


The ABS offers integration services for statistical and research purposes. ABS's vast data holdings cover a comprehensive range of social, economic and environmental topics, providing data at all levels from national down to local. This opens up great opportunities to research and explore special population groups, and relationships that might exist between variables such as social and economic conditions, behaviours and outcomes.

The ABS is a highly trusted organisation with the experience, expertise and infrastructure to perform data integration using large and complex data sources. Importantly, the Census and Statistics Act 1905 guarantees the confidentiality of data provided to and collected by the ABS, allowing the ABS access to sensitive datasets, including some not available to any other Integrating Authority and ensuring their safe handling. This makes the ABS the integrator of choice for custodians of highly sensitive data.

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HOW CAN I GET ACCESS TO INTEGRATED DATASETS FROM THE ABS?


The ABS offers a range of data access options, including statistical tables, various micro-data analysis tools, and a data laboratory facility. The ABS is continuing to develop cutting edge approaches to making data accessible while protecting the privacy of individuals and organisations. A list of ABS data integration projects is available on the Commonwealth Data Integration Project Register. If you are interested in working with the ABS as an Integrating Authority, or wish to access integrated datasets for research or statistical purposes, please email the Data Integration team at data.integration@abs.gov.au.


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