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Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF), TableBuilder & HILDA

About CURFs

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.  

How to apply for CURFs

Who can access?

All current Macquarie University Students and Staff.


STEP 1. register and activate your account.

Register and agree to terms & conditions.

  • Use your organisation email address when registering.
  • If you are not sure if you have previously registered, contact ( or phone 1300 135 070 before re-registering.
  • You will receive an email asking you to activate your account by clicking on the link.
  • If you are a user in more than one organisation, you will need to register separately using each organisation's email address.

STEP 2. Subscribe

STEP 3. Access Data


Basic CURFs

  • Log into MicrodataDownload.
  • Alternatively, if your organisation has previously received basic CURFs on CD-ROM, your Contact Officer can provide you with access once you have registered and joined your organisation in the Registration Centre.
  • Details of MQ contact officers are on this page. 

Expanded CURFs and Detailed Microdata in DataLab

  • See About the DataLab for information on which organisations may apply for access to detailed microdata.
  • Contact ( with your name, organisation and the microdata file you are interested in accessing.
  • Each user must sign a Declaration of Compliance, Individual Undertaking and attend face-to-face training