How to Apply for Microdata
 

Applying for TableBuilder and Census DataPacks

Step 1 Register and activate user account

  • Register for a new user account. Use your organisation email address when registering.
  • Contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone 02 6252 7714 to check if you are already registered before registering multiple accounts.
  • When you receive an "activate your account email" click on the link "My Account" and accept Terms and Conditions to activate your account.
  • When activated, all registered users automatically receive access to free products:
    Census TableBuilder Basic
    Census DataPacks

Step 2 Join an organisation
  • Click on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au to request to join an organisation. Please provide your name, organisation and user ID number.
  • The ABS joins user to your organisation. All users joined to their organisation automatically have access to all of their organisation's subscribed data series.

Step 3 Subscribe to paid products
Step 4 Log in and use TableBuilder or Census DataPacks
Step 5 Update user contact details

Applying for Basic CURFs, Expanded CURFs and DataLab

Step 1 Register an organisation
  • To check if your organisation is registered for microdata access, contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au.
  • If your organisation is already registered, go to Step 2 below.
  • For organisations not yet using microdata, click on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au to request the ABS to register your organisation.
  • Head of your organisation submits Responsible Officer Undertaking to the ABS. It can be found in downloads tab of Responsible Use of ABS Microdata guide.
  • Organisation appoints staff member/s as Contact Officer.
  • The ABS sets up organisation in MiCRO, the ABS microdata application management system.

Step 2 Register user account and join your organisation
  • Register as a new user in MiCRO. Use your organisation email address when registering.
  • Contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone 02 6252 7714 to check if you are already registered before registering multiple accounts.
  • In MiCRO, request to join your organisation.
  • Your organisation's Contact Officer endorses you as a member of your organisation in MiCRO.
  • Read the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata guide to ensure you use microdata appropriately.

Step 3 Apply for microdata access
  • User logs into MiCRO.
  • User applies for access to microdata. Microdata is listed under one of:
    - Apply for Microdata held by your organisation (no further charges apply)
    - Apply for Microdata not held by your organisation (charges may apply).
  • See also:
    Available microdata
    Microdata prices
    ABS/Universities Australia agreement
  • The ABS approves or rejects the microdata application and advises you and your organisation's Contact Officer of the outcome.
  • The ABS contacts your organisation's Contact Officer to arrange payment (if required). Access is expected to be granted within 5-15 working days (if paying by credit card) or 10-20 working days (for other modes of payment).

Step 4 Accessing Microdata (CURFs and detailed microdata files)
  • Basic CURFs: Your organisation's Contact Officer provides you with access to basic CURFs on CD-ROM once you have been approved for access.
  • Expanded CURFs: Log into RADL to access expanded CURFs once you have received your log in credentials from the ABS.
  • DataLab: Detailed microdata and expanded CURFs. Contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au with your name, organisation and the microdata file you are interested in accessing. An ABS staff member will contact you to arrange a session.
  • Read the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory before using the RADL.

Step 5 Update user contact details
  • Log into MiCRO to view or update your contact details or change your password.


Further Assistance

Q: What if I don't receive the activation email?
A: Contact the ABS by clicking on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au and an ABS staff member will assist you.

Q: What if I have forgotten my password when activating my account?
A: Select the 'Forgotten password' link on the Registration log in page. You will need your registered email address and the answer to your secret question to reset your password.

Q: What if I forget the answer to my secret question?
A: Contact the ABS by clicking on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au and an ABS staff member will assist you.

Q: I am a Contact Officer for my organisation, but I cannot see an 'Organisation administration' tab when I log into the Registration Centre.
A: When you log into Registration Centre, if you see your tabs, but they are aligned vertically down the page, rather than horizontally across the page an error has occurred. In some cases, Internet Explorer 8 reverts back to the Internet Explorer 7 engine. These are instructions to turn off IE7, so that IE8 is running as IE8:
  • If you can't see a menu bar in Internet Explorer (File, Edit, etc.), enable it by right clicking on some empty space in the tab bar and ticking Menu Bar.
  • Once you see the menu bar, go to the Tools menu and click on Compatibility View Settings.
  • Untick the 'Display intranet sites in Compatibility View' tickbox.
    If the problem still persists (you still do not see an 'Organisation administration' tab), contact the ABS by clicking on the email link microdata.access@abs.gov.au and an ABS staff member will assist you.

See Frequently Asked Questions for further assistance when using Microdata and TableBuilder.

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