Access to DSS Longitudinal Datasets


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The NCLD has begun transitioning to Dataverse for new releases of data for our four longitudinal studies.

This process began in December 2017 with Release 16.0 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey data.

There has been a delay with subsequent latest releases of data for:

  • Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) – Release 9
  • Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) – Release 4
  • Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) – Release 7

The NCLD appreciates the data releases are important to many researchers and regrets any inconvenience this delay may have caused.

We will notify users via email and this web page as further releases of data become available.

If you would like to pre-register for LSIC Release 9 please visit the LSIC page on Dataverse.

For further information please contact

To apply for HILDA

To apply for Release 16.1 of the HILDA Survey data simply follow these steps:

  1. Read the new NCLD Access and Use Protocols (the Protocols)
  2. Go to the HILDA Survey Dataversesite
  3. Follow the instructions in these Quick Reference Guides

To apply for LSAC, LSIC and BNLA

Fact Sheets and applying for data

While we transition to Dataverse, previous releases of Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC), Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) will be available by applying for an individual or organisational licence.

There are strict security and confidentiality protocols surrounding use of the data. Prospective users are required to complete a dataset application and read and sign a completed deed of licence.

Before applying for access to the DSS Longitudinal Surveys, you will need to familiarise yourself with the Fact Sheets. The Fact Sheets provide important information for data users and data managers regarding obligations under the deed of licence.

Application Forms

All completed forms are to be sent to If your request is approved by the delegate, you will receive an approval notification from DSS.

Note: If you are a student, please be advised that your supervisor must also apply independently for the same level dataset.


Applicants must first check to see if their organisation has signed an Organisational Deed of Licence. A list of organisations, including their Delegates and Data Managers, is available on the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) website.If your organisation has signed an Organisational Deed of Licence, please contact your Data Manager for a deed of confidentiality.

If your organisation has not signed an Organisational Deed of Licence, but wishes to do so, please email: for further information and a copy of the application form.


If your organisation does not have an Organisational Licence then you will need to complete an Individual Deed of Licence. These are listed below.

Individual Australian Researchers

Overseas Researchers

Geospatial data linkage

Data users may apply to have geospatial datasets linked to the LSAC dataset. To apply for data linkage, please complete the form below and send it to the LSAC team at

If you have any questions about the application process, please email the LSAC team at

Available versions of the data

General Release Data

The general release datasets are available to persons both in Australia and overseas. Please note that applications from overseas Honours and Masters students may also be considered for access to the data, but only under organisational licensing arrangements. Similarly, Australian Honours students will only be given access to the data under organisational licensing arrangements. All datasets contain the latest wave of data, as well as all previous waves and you can apply for more than one dataset using the same application form.

Unconfidentialised data

The unconfidentialised datasets are only available for Australian users and contain more detailed information than the general release dataset. For example, information such as date of birth and postcodes of residence are not included in the general release datasets. Other variables such as income and occupation may be top coded or transformed to ensure confidentiality is maintained. Only researchers with a demonstrated need will be given access to the unconfidentialised data.

For Assistance

If you have any questions about applying for the DSS longitudinal datasets, please email

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