MADIP Research Projects


All projects that use MADIP data must go through a rigorous assessment and approval process, managed by the ABS. Only authorised researchers will be granted access to de-identified MADIP data for policy analysis, research, and statistical purposes.

All projects are assessed under the Five Safes Framework. For a project to be approved, the ABS and the data custodians (the agencies that collect the data) must agree to the proposed use of the data. The project must be assessed as being in the public interest and be in accordance with the legislation of the relevant agencies. All users are legally obliged to use data responsibly for approved purposes, comply with the conditions of access, and maintain confidentiality of data. To apply for access to MADIP data for research purposes or to submit a query, email

Below is a list of approved research projects that use MADIP data, listed under the following topics:

This page will be updated on a quarterly basis.


Benefits of Educational Attainment - Department of Education and Training (2018)

This project will use MADIP data to showcase the social, health and welfare benefits of education and training for Australians and Australian society as a whole. The project will help the department communicate the importance of education and training to the Australian public and thereby build social licence for education and training policy. This project will also contrast outcomes for different educational pathways to inform more efficient and effective policy initiatives.


Filling in the picture: Utilising MADIP to understand equity with Australia’s tax, transfer (welfare) and health systems - Australian National University (2018)

The project will use MADIP to understand the operation and outcome of the tax, transfer (also called ‘welfare’) and health systems within Australia. The project will provide information on the geographic, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the population found to relate to taxable income, income support payments, and health service usage.


GP Supply and Demand - Department of Health (2017)

Microdata from the MADIP will be used to support and inform health workforce planning. The data will complement other health-related data and population data, to form the basis of demand estimates for a General Practitioner (GP) Supply and Demand Study.

Feasibility studies: using microdata from the MADIP to help inform and evaluate government products and services relating to Disability, Ageing, Carers, and Mental Health - Australian Bureau of Statistics (2018)

This project will investigate the feasibility of using microdata from the MADIP to provide insight into the design and evaluation of government policies, programs, and services in relation to Disability, Ageing, Carers, and Mental Health.

A range of feasibility studies will aim to identify predictive factors and quantify the impact of those factors on, for example, a person’s mental health and/or physical health, and/or disability status. The anticipated outcomes will be to prepare case studies for key stakeholders to showcase the potential benefits of research using microdata from the MADIP to assist with the design, evaluation, and better targeting of relevant Government policies.


Benefits of MADIP microdata for microsimulation modelling - Treasury (2017)

This project will investigate the potential of microdata from the MADIP to enhance Treasury’s capability to analyse the interactions between taxes, transfers and Government services. A particular focus will be on the suitability of the MADIP data for use in microsimulation modelling of Government programs.


Australian Life Tables – Retirement Income Sub Tables - Australian Government Actuary (2017)

This project is focused on analysing and evaluating sub group mortality rates for all Australians aged over 65. It seeks to identify more meaningful predictors of mortality, which will then inform the compilation of more robust and accurate Life Tables.

This information will support Governments in the development of retirement or social welfare policy, and the insurance and superannuation industries to create more relevant retirement income products, which could improve the financial wellbeing of older Australians.

To apply for approval to access MADIP data for policy analysis, research, and statistical purposes, contact