The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is advancing data to track Australians’ journeys through life. The first issue of the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) links data from the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census. In 2016, it was one of the newest resources in the ABS longitudinal data suite so there was an immediate need to promote end-user uptake of ACLD data and to educate users in its strengths, limitations, and appropriate analytic methods.

The collaboration with ABS resulted in an Analysing the ACLD workshop that was delivered as part of the pre-conference program for the Commonwealth Government’s Longitudinal Data Conference 2016. We also co-designed video-based training modules with the ABS for use with their personnel and public audiences.


  • Scope the user market for ABS longitudinal datasets
  • Determine the training needs of new and existing users
  • Develop and deliver training in priority areas


  • Training and delivery strategy
  • Face-to-face training
  • Online training resources

Project team

  • Professor Michele Haynes - Project leader
  • Dr Melanie Spallek
  • Dr Bernard Baffour
  • Sue York

Project details

Duration: December 2016 - November 2017

Partners: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Funding: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Contact: Professor Michele Haynes (