How to Apply for Microdata
 

REGISTER AND ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT

  1. Register for a new user account in Registration Centre and agree to the Terms and conditions.
    - Use your organisation email address when registering.
    - If you are not sure if you have previously registered, contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone 02 6252 7714 before re-registering.
    - If you are a user in more than one organisation, you will need to register separately for each organisation using each organisation's email address.
  2. You will receive an email asking you to activate your account by clicking on the link.
  3. Once activated, all registered users automatically have access to the free Census TableBuilder Basic products.
  4. If your organisation has already been registered you may be automatically joined to your organisation in Registration Centre. You will receive a confirmation email to let you know you have been joined and which products your organisation has subscribed to. If you are not automatically joined to your organisation, contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


SUBSCRIBE TO PAID PRODUCTS

Organisations can purchase subscriptions to additional TableBuilder and microdata products. This covers access for all members who have been joined to the organisation in Registration Centre. See also:
Available microdata
Microdata prices
ABS/Universities Australia agreement

To subscribe to microdata or TableBuilder products:
  1. Send an email to microdata.access@abs.gov.au including your name, organisation, user ID number and the microdata product you are interested in.
  2. The ABS processes the microdata application and advises you and your organisation's Contact Officer of the outcome.
  3. 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).
  4. If you are applying for basic or expanded CURFs or detailed microdata files, the head of your organisation must also submit a Responsible Officer Undertaking to the ABS. See Responsible Use of ABS Microdata user guide.


ACCESS DATA

TableBuilder
Basic CURFs
  • Your organisation's Contact Officer will provide you with access to basic CURFs on CD-ROM once you have registered and joined your organisation in the Registration Centre.

Expanded CURFs in RADL
Detailed microdata and expanded CURFs in DataLab

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS

Log into Registration Centre to view or update your contact details or change your password. To change your email address or organisation, contact microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

Contact Officers can update their organisation's contact details in the Registration Centre, and remove users who are no longer with their organisation. Alternatively, contact the ABS to have the organisation's details or members updated.


REGISTRATION TROUBLESHOOTING

Q: What if I don't receive the activation email?
A: Contact the ABS at 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 Centre 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 at 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 (IE) 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.
  • In 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 at microdata.access@abs.gov.au and an ABS staff member will assist you.

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


PRIVACY

The ABS privacy policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.