|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, formerly known as SLCD (Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset), is available to registered users in TableBuilder as a charged product. |
In this first release, a 5% random sample from the 2006 Census has been brought together with corresponding records from the 2011 Census using data linkage techniques without name and address, but by using a number of characteristics common to both datasets such as age, sex, geographic region and country of birth. All possible linkages based on these data items are evaluated and the records for which the linkage is most likely to be correct are brought together. For many individuals this linkage would be correct, while for some others it will not. Some inaccuracy in the linkage will not generally affect statistical conclusions drawn from the linked data, although care will need to be taken in the interpretation of results.
Standard ABS confidentiality methods have been applied and the data is accessible through standard ABS secure data access arrangements. No information that is likely to enable the identification of an individual or household will be released. The Information Paper: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, Methodology and Quality Assessment (cat. no. 2080.5) contains more information.
The Australians' journeys through life: Stories from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset is 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.
Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (cat. no. 2080.0) contains information about registration, pricing and access to the ACLD, as well as details about data items contained in the dataset.