Data Request Form

The Department of Social Services (DSS) produces data to support its administrative responsibilities, policy development activities and interactions with the community. DSS is responsible for realising and maintaining the value of this data as a national asset for the Government and the Australian public.
We keep a public data catalogue of Social Security payment information on the Australian Government Data website. You can request data that isn’t publicly available by completing the following form.

The Department of Social Services will treat data requests in order of the Department's priorities. 

Please note that the release of data is not guaranteed.

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    Please be advised that before any information can be released it must be cleared by the relevant Government Department. 

    the Department of Social Services (DSS); or  
    Services Australia (SA).

    If the information you requested falls, in whole or part, under the responsibility of the following departments, it is a requirement that anyone requesting information agree to the following declaration before a clearance will be issued:

    Please provide consent if you agree to the terms stipulated below.

    1. Adhere to all the relevant legislative provisions (including but not limited to, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the Australian Privacy Principles specified in Section 14 and Schedule 1, or leading to a breach of the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 (Cth), the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (Cth) or the Family Assistance (Administration) Act 1999 (Cth)) concerning access to and use of this data.
    2. Use the data only for the stated purposes of the request
    3. The Researchers must include the following Publication disclaimer in a prominent position in all proposed materials/publications:


    This [paper/project/research/report etc.] uses data from the Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The views, opinions, data presented, research findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this papers/publications are strictly those of the author(s) and should not be attributed to DSS or the Commonwealth of Australia.

    The Commonwealth of Australia does not accept any legal responsibility for any errors, omissions or claims in, or for the correctness of, the information contained herein. The Commonwealth of Australia makes no representations or warranty, express or implied, with respect to information, accuracy, reliability, completeness, currency or suitability of the information, or the way it has been used in the reports/articles/publications or published.

    1. Provide a copy of any findings, reports, publications for review to DSS at least 10 Business days prior to publication or such other timeframe as agreed in writing by DSS;
    2. Note, that while DSS recognises the independence of statistical research and is committed to the Government’s open data sharing agenda, DSS may seek to correct or advise you of any factual misrepresentation of the data in writing, ahead of publication, for your consideration.

      Notify DSS within five (5) Business Days when the publication/s are released and provide a link to the publication to DSS after release.

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