How to access Department of Social Services and Australian Bureau of Statistics datasets as a UQ Researcher.

1. Department of Social Services (DSS) datasets

  • Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA)
  • Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
  • Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)
  • Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA)

Visit the National Centre for Longitudinal Data website for more information about the datasets.

How to apply

The Department is moving to an online application process for its datasets using the National Centre for Longitudinal Data Dataverse site. Datasets will be released during 2018 as the next version of study data is ready.

If your dataset is not yet available online, you can apply for access via the Library.

Apply online (HILDA)

Apply via the National Centre for Longitudinal Data Dataverse site. Costs apply for the Restricted Release.

Once access is granted you can download the dataset to your secure computing environment.

Apply via the Library (LSAC, LSIC and BNLA)

Security and confidentiality rules apply to these datasets ensure you understand the confidentiality requirements. 

  1. Download the deed of confidentiality (PDF, 130 KB)
  2. Fill out sections related to the datasets you are applying for only.
  3. Email the completed but unsigned deed to We will check the form has been completed correctly.
  4. We will contact you to arrange an appointment to witness your signature and verify you are an eligible UQ student or member of staff. Appointments are held on Level 6 of the Duhig Tower (Building #2). Please bring your UQ ID card.

Once signed by UQ's Data Manager (The University Librarian), we will send the completed application to the Department. If further information is required we will be in contact.

  • We provide the data via a secure server.
  • You will receive your access details by email once your application is approved.

Applications can take up to 10 working days.

Who must apply

  • Everyone listed on a project must have access to the same version of the dataset.
  • Students must ensure their supervisor has access to the same version of the dataset.

Access to new versions of datasets 

You must apply for access to each new version of a dataset. You do not automatically get access to new versions.

    Relinquish access or request an extension of your completion date

    We will contact you as your completion date (the date you nominated to relinquish access) approaches. We will request that you notify us whether you will:

    Request an extension 

    Email with:

    1. the name of the dataset
    2. the date you would like your access extended to (up to 3 years)

    Otherwise, you must relinquish access to any datasets at the end of the approved period or if you leave the university.


    Karen Platz

    Karen Platz

    Personal Assistant to the University Librarian

    + 61 7 336 56551

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    2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) datasets

    ABS microdata is available with varying levels of detail, including:

    • TableBuilder
    • Basic confidentialised unit record files (CURFs)
    • Expanded CURFs in the Remote Access Data Lab (RADL)
    • Detailed microdata and expanded CURFs in DataLab

    Apply for access

    Before you apply

    Review the level of detail you require:

    • TableBuilder is usually sufficient for undergraduate students. CURFs may be too detailed.
    • The DataLab (for Detailed microdata and expanded CURFs) is a system of last resort. It is unlikely you require this option. 

    Contact the Data Manager if you need assistance.

    Apply for access using the ABS website. Register using your UQ email address.

    For students: both you and your supervisor must apply for access to the same data.

    Access microdata

    Log in with your ABS account to access or download the data. 

    Relinquish access

    You must relinquish access to the data when it is no longer required, or if you are leaving the University.

    Contact the Data Manager to notify us if your circumstances change, or to return a CD if you've been issued one in the past.


    Microdata frequently asked questions.

    Lars Eriksson

    Data Manager

    + 61 7 3346 4630

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