The Australian Data Archive

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

The archive is based in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) at the Australian National University (ANU).

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The ADA will be closed over the December holiday period, from 1700hrs on Tuesday 21 Dec 2021, reopening at 0900hrs on Tuesday 4 Jan 2022.

Access and routine requests received prior to the closure will be reviewed and actioned by ADA Staff but may not result in your access being approved.

Access and routine requests sent after the 21st Dec 2021 will not be reviewed and actioned until Tuesday 4 Jan 2022 at the earliest.

Although COVID-19 restrictions have eased in the ACT, the ADA team continues to work remotely and aims to continue operating as normal.

Welcome to the homepage for the Australian Data Archive. Here you can access ADA datasets and find out more about accessing ADA data, depositing data with the Archive, and research data management.

The Archive’s archive and catalogue systems are hosted on ADA’s Dataverse platform. This can be accessed in three ways:

Please direct enquiries regarding the ADA’s datasets to our email address at and we will reply in due course.

Our Data Collections…

The Australian Data Archive holds over 6000 datasets from more than 1500 projects and studies from 1838 through until the present day.

Some of our most popular datasets are identifiable by methodology (eg. Longitudinal) and by theme (eg. Social Attitudes Surveys, Health Studies).

Accessing Data…

Would you like to access data from the Australia Data Archive? This section includes details on how to find data in the ADA collection, access conditions, and procedures for requesting and downloading data.

Depositing Data…

Do you want to deposit data with ADA? Look here to find out what is involved, included data formats, licensing, metadata and deposit processes.

Newly Published Datasets…

Norfolk Island Penal Colony

A reconstructed register of convicts detained at the Norfolk Island Penal Colony. Data was prepared by Dr Tim Causer (University College London) and curated for the Prosecution Project by Mark Finnane …

Lowy Institute Poll 2020

The Lowy Institute Poll, now in its sixteenth year, captures the mood of the Australian public at a remarkable moment. At the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Lowy Institute Poll records …

Australian Survey of Social Attitudes, 2020

The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) is Australia’s main source of data for the scientific study of the social attitudes, beliefs and opinions of Australians, how they change over time, …

Recently Updated Datasets…

Forthcoming Datasets…

Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People 2006-2017

The Asia Foundation and ADA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the preservation and dissemination of Asia Foundation projects through the ADA. The Afghan survey is the first dataset deposited under this agreement. Afghanistan in 2017: A Survey of the Afghan People is The Asia Foundation’s thirteenth annual public opinion survey in Afghanistan. The longest-running barometer of Afghan opinion, the Survey has gathered the views of more than 97,000 Afghans since 2004, and provides a longitudinal portrait of evolving public perceptions of security, the economy, governance and government services, elections, media, women’s issues, and migration. You can find out more about the Afghan project at the Asia Foundation project page.

RUMIC – Rural-Urban Migration in China

The Rural-Urban Migration in China project was established to investigate the impacts of internal migration within China and Indonesia. In particular, the investigation is focused on the collection of data through five year longitudinal surveys in China and Indonesia and the use of these data to answer questions with relation to migration’s impact on income mobility, poverty alleviation, education, health and nutrition of migrant children, and the assimilation of migrant workers into the city. You can find out more about this project at the project web page.