The first issue of the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) brings together data from the 2006 and 2011 Censuses to create a research tool for exploring how Australian society is changing over time.

The ACLD adds the ability to study changing patterns in social and economic conditions at the individual level, gives insight into the pathways that tend to lead to particular outcomes, and how these pathways vary for different population groups.

The Australians' journeys through life: Stories from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset will be released at the same time as the ACLD. An introduction to the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset is the first in a series of articles analysing and demonstrating the ACLD and gives just a small glimpse of the type and range of information that the ACLD can provide.

The ACLD is accessible through TableBuilder, which is an online tool, enabling continuous access to data. For more information about access to the ACLD see Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-2011 and Information Paper: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, Methodology and Quality Assessment for background information.