Australian Bureau of Statistics and Census Data

Researchers can gain access to a large number of Australian and New Zealand National Statistics via an agreement between the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Universities Australia.

There is a range of products and services available to university researchers at no cost to the researcher, including:


TableBuilder (opens in a new window) is an online tool for creating your own tables of Census data, of all variables contained in the Census Output Record File, including age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation, family composition for all ABS geographic areas.

For more information about TableBuilder, please see the TableBuilder Product Brief (opens in a new window)


Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) from key Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys. The unit level for a CURF may be a household, an income unit or a family. The datasets have been confidentialised. CURFs microdata is the most detailed level of ABS statistical data and is available for researchers and analysts who wish to run their own statistical queries on the data using software packages such as SAS or SPSS.

Surveys are available in the following areas and new CURF data sets are being added to the collection:

  • Business growth and performance
  • National health and nutrition
  • Social statistics
  • Education and training
  • Employment
  • Child care
  • Disability profiles
  • Household expenditure
  • Income and housing costs
  • Labour force mobility, earnings
  • Population profiles

To apply for a CURF:

  1. Visit ABS website and apply for access (opens in a new window)
  2. You will need to set and enter your preferred user ID and Password and enter personal information to complete registration for access
  3. Once you have registered online, the University Contact Officer will be notified by email and will be required to login and endorse the application
  4. Once endorsed the request is processed and you will be notified by email
  5. For further information about applying for ABS CURFs please refer to the CURF User Tool Kit (opens in a new window)

For further information contact the University Contact Officer Lucy Walton

Statistical Analysis for Researchers

The School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics provides support on a fee for service basis with expert advice and analysis, including:

  • Selecting appropriate analytical mathematical and statistical methods
  • Statistical and data mining approaches
  • Application of mathematical techniques
  • Access to a diverse range of computer programs
  • Interpretation and presentation of results
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Various analytics

The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) (opens in a new window) offers courses in data analysis. If you elect to undertake one of these you will receive a member discount.

Other training opportunities and resources are offered by the National Statistical Service (opens in a new window)

This page provides links to agencies that offer a range of statistical training, education programs and resources. These services are targeted at developing the statistical skills of people using statistics, or working, managing or conducting surveys.