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Australian Data Archive

The Australian Data Archive (ADA) provides a national service for the collection and preservation of digital research data and to make these data available for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users.

About ADA

The archive is provided by a consortium of leading national Australian universities, managed by the ADA central office based in the ANU Centre for Social Research Methods (ANU CSRM)  within the Australian National University . 

ADA also has partner nodes around Australia, at the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Australia.

Forthcoming data:

ADA receives data from depositors on a regular basis, which we process, review and publish for research use across Australia and around the world. Current deposits with the archive which are expected to be released soon are detailed on our "Recent Deposits" page. Current deposits in our processing pipeline include:

  • The Australian Child Wellbeing Project (Flinders University, University of NSW and Australian Centre for Educational Research)
  • The Australian Workplace Relations Survey 2013-14 (Fair Work Commission)
  • Australian Institute of Criminology collection - 15 studies (see details on AIC collection page)
  • Australian Longitudinal Study of Men's Health ("Ten to Men") Wave One (University of Melbourne and Commonwealth Department of Health)
  • ANU Polls 2013-2015 (ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University)
  • Our Lives: Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People in Queensland, Waves 2-5 (Zlatko Skrbis, Monash University)
  • The Social Cohesion Survey 2007-2010 (Monash University and the Scanlon Foundation)
  • Staff in Australian Schools 2013 (Australian Council for Educational Research)

Accessing Data

All visitors to the ADA Data Catalogue can browse and search the catalogue, view study and variable documentation (including frequencies) and download related material (questionnaires, codebooks, etc). Registered users can also analyse and visualise most data online and users who have completed the relevant undertaking form(s) can download entire studies or subsets of variables in a range of formats. 

Research and Key Research Areas

ADA Sub-archives

The Australian Data Archive has seven 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
  • Quallitative – 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

The aim of these subarchives is to bring together related resources using a particular theme (indigenous, historical, international) or methodology (longitudinal, qualitative). For this reason, data in the ADA holdings can appear in more than one archive, enabling you to explore related resources across the entire ADA collection.

Data Profile
Australian Data Archive has 4 data records in Research Data Australia, which cover 39 subjects areas including Social Sciences, Investment and Security and involve 2 group(s). All of the information provided by Australian Data Archive can be accessed from the box on the right hand side of this page.



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