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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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…

Recently Updated Datasets…

Forthcoming Datasets…

Journeys Home

Journeys Home: A Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability was a national survey of Australians who were either homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless. Data collection commenced in September 2011 with a further five waves of data collected approximately six months apart. Journeys Home was funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), and run by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at The University of Melbourne. Roy Morgan Research (RMR) was sub-contracted to undertake the fieldwork. It was designed as a tool for enabling research that would improve understanding of the pathways into and out of homelessness in Australia and the consequences of homelessness for long-term outcomes.

Three different data releases will be available, depending on your research requirements and location. These releases are General, Restricted, and International. In the General and International releases some variables (such as location, industry and debt) are confidentialised. The International release also limits some income related variables.

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.