Australian Data Archive

The Australian Data Archive is a nation service provided by a range of universities around Australia, including the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia and the University of Technology Sydney and managed by the Australian National University. It provides facilities for the collection and archive of digital research data, which are then made available to secondary users and researchers.

The Australian Data Archive contains the following subarchives:

  • Social Science – predominantly survey or polling based quantitative social science data
  • Historical – an archive of Australian census data tables from 1834 to the present day
  • Indigenous – A thematic archive bringing together research data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Longitudinal –major longitudinal cohort and panel surveys of the Australian population
  • Qualitative – a collection which provides specialist data archiving and access services to qualitative researchers
  • Crime & Justice – major collections of data in crime, law and justice, including criminal justice administrative data
  • International – a central point of access for links to international data sources around the world

Australian Data Archive user guides can be downloaded from the website:


Australian Data Archive (2013). Australian Data Archive [Website]. Retrieved from

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