ABS DataLab training.

The MEAFA research group and the Fischer Library at the University of Sydney invites you to attend a training session on the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) DataLab that provides access to microdata. The training workshop will be delivered by Talei Parker, A/g Assistant Director, Microdata Outputs and Customer Relations, Customised and Microdata Delivery Section, ABS. Following popular demand, the ABS has agreed to hold two training sessions:

  • 9am - 1pm, Tuesday 27 March 2018, Training Room 213, Level 2, Fisher Library.
  • 9am - 1pm, Thursday 5 April 2018, SciTech Training Room, Level 1, Jane Foss Russell Building.


From Parker T. (2015, The Australian Economic Review): "the DataLab is a data analysis solution for high-end data users who want to extract full value from ABS microdata in an interactive (real-time) environment. All ABS microdata files, ranging from basic and expanded CURFs (confidential unit records files) through to detailed and integrated files, are accessible via the DataLab, providing a more responsive and interactive environment than that offered by the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and TableBuilder. The DataLab can be accessed securely on-site at ABS offices or as part of the virtual DataLab trial program... the DataLab environment provides users with their own virtual workspace within the secure ABS cloud. These workspaces can be accessed remotely, using a two-factor authentication over an encrypted internet connection using Citrix. While the microdata files remain in the secure environment, users can view and analyse unit record information using the latest analytical software with no code restrictions. All analytical outputs are subject to a principles-based, manual vetting process to evaluate disclosure risks and apply confidentiality measures where required before being released."

Training session

If you are interested in using DataLab then the ABS requires that complete this training. The training covers legal responsibilities and clearance of outputs, processes and access, and is required for anyone wishing to use the DataLab. Some datasets that are available will be covered but the examples setting on the vetting of outputs. Users will be unable to extract results as ABS release them only once they have been checked and agreements have been signed.

You are required to arrive 15 minutes before the session begins to sign-in. Note that you are required to be there for the entire 4 hours, lateness will result in exclusion from the session and the access to DataLab.


This is free event but there are limited places, and places are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. To reserve a place please email meafa@econ.usyd.edu.au stating your name and organisation.