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Key resources

The HILDA (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) Survey is a household based panel study. It provides insight into economic circumstances over time and the persistence of income disadvantage for individual households.
The survey began in 2001 and collects information regarding economic and personal well-being, labour market and family dynamics. For more information about the HILDA Survey, see 
HILDA survey.
Access to the HILDA datasets is only available to current UNSW academic staff and postgraduate researchers. For more information on how to register for HILDA, see NCLD Dataverse.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's national statistical agency. The ABS provides statistics on a wide range of economic and social matters, serving government, business and the general population of Australia.

Key ABS Publications

The ABS collects data from the Australian population every 5 years through the National Census. The Census is the largest survey the ABS conducts, and one of the most important. It provides the basis for official population estimates for Australia, state, territory and local government areas.

Microdata options - CURFs

Microdata consists of Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) from key ABS surveys. The unit level for a CURF may be a household, an income unit or a family. The datasets have been confidentialised. CURF microdata is the most detailed level of ABS statistical data available.

ABS list of available and expected Microdata

Includes technical papers and user guides for some datasets

How to apply for Microdata

  • CURF data is freely available to UNSW researchers under agreement between the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Universities Chancellors Committee (UCC).

Downloading CURF data

TableBuilder is an online self-help tool designed for users who have a knowledge of Census concepts and some experience using Census data

Compare data services

This table will help you choose the best ABS data service for your research.