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Australian Data Archive

Welcome to the legacy Australian Data Archive website.

The Australian Data Archive (ADA) website has now moved to This site is now a legacy site maintained by the archive for historical purposes.

ADA is moving - get an introduction to

The Australian Data Archive is in the process of a major upgrade to it's archive and catalogue systems. Part of this upgrade is the move of our archive systems from the existing Nesstar platform to the new ADA Dataverse platform. You can try our Dataverse system below:


As part of this migration, we are no longer providing access to data through the Nesstar platform. You can continue to search for data from the ADA website, and to submit requests. We will then organise access to the data for you through the new Dataverse platform. As previously advertised, ADA data is now available free of charge to all users. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any queries regarding this change. 


About ADA

The ADA is comprised of seven sub-archives - Social Science, HIstorical, Indigenous, Longitudinal, Qualitative, Crime & Justice and International. The archive is managed by the ADA central office based in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods at the Australian National University (ANU).

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. For more information, explore the Data Access menu above.

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)
  • 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)
  • Negotiating the Life Course Wave 5, 2009 (Australian National University)
  • The Social Cohesion Survey 2007-2010 (Monash University and the Scanlon Foundation)
  • Staff in Australian Schools 2013 (Australian Council for Educational Research)

If you have an interest in some of our recent deposits that are in our processing pipeline, please contact the archive at and we can discuss them further with you.

Start Using the Australian Data Archive




Browse the ADA catalogue


View an introduction to ADA

Note for former ASSDA users:

Access to the ASSDA website has now been closed, and all queries and requests for data are now made through this site. You can continue to use your user registration from the ASSDA website here, by logging in with your details at the Login button at the top right of screen. You should continue to have access to any restricted access data you requested previously through the ASSDA site, but will need to request new access to any general access datasets through the "Request Access to General Datasets" button in your account, due to changes in our access policy. Please contact us at if you have any queries.

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