Only current Macquarie University postgraduate researchers and staff can access CURFs data
What are CURFs?
A Confidentialised Unit Record File consists of responses to surveys or censuses that have had specific identifying information about persons and organisations removed. CURFs contain the most detailed information available from the ABS.
There is a full list of the available and expected microdata sets on the ABS website.
Information about applying for a range of ABS microdata products is available from the Microdata Entry Page.
Only current Macquarie University postgraduate researchers and staff can access CURFs data.
Please use your Macquarie University email address when applying.
See the ABS website for more information about the application process.
RADL is the secure data query service that approved users access via the ABS website. Users can submit queries in SAS, SPSS or Stata against Expanded CURFs that are kept within the ABS environment.
More detailed CURFs are only available in RADL and not on CD ROM because they have to be kept within the ABS environment.
Yes. Each person who wishes to use a CURF must be individually approved by the ABS to use it - even if the organisation already holds the CURF.
CURFs are used by researchers and statisticians investigating a wide range of social or labour related topics. Some typical applications include production of papers, journal articles, books, PhD theses, microsimulation, modelling and conducting detailed analyses. Data contained in a CURF is also used for producing detailed tabulations requiring data in a disaggregated form.
CURF data is available in SAS, Stata and SPSS formats and can be loaded to various spreadsheets. The data is available either on CD-ROM or in the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).
An extensive documentation file is provided for each CURF and includes a list of data items with their start positions and lengths, code values and category labels. The documentation also provides weighted and unweighted frequencies of each code value.
MiCRO is the online CURF application and approval system.
You can continue to use CURFs until the completion of the Statistical Purpose for which your access was granted. Expanded CURFs are subject to an annual renewal process, for more information about this process read 'Annual Renewal of CURF Access'. After twelve months, ABS will ask if the Expanded CURF is still required for the original statistical purpose. If the CURF is still required, but the purpose of the research changes, a new Statistical Purpose will need to be submitted to the ABS.
It is a legal requirement that applicants for CURF access supply a statistical purpose for their use of a CURF.
The statement of statistical purpose should show that there is a clear objective to the analysis and demonstrate that access to the CURF is essential to undertake that analysis. Statements such as 'academic research' or 'policy research' without further detail are not in themselves adequate descriptions of statistical purpose, and will not be approved by the ABS.
You must not match, reweight, link, merge, augment or make any similar references between unit files. Identifying individual records to produce very fine tabulations is also not permitted.
Examples of suitable statistical purposes include:
ABS reserves the right to seek more information from applicants if it is not able to readily determine whether an application should be approved as supplied.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012, CURF FAQ.