Australian Data Archive, Canberra

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Australian Data Archive, Canberra

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Social Science Data Archives (SSDA),1981-2003
  • Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA), 2003-2011
  • Australian Data Archive (ADA), Australian National University, 2011- present


  • University

Contact area


User Services Officer



Street address

Level 2, Beryl Rawson Building, Australian National University, Acton




Australian Capital Territory

Country name

Postal code



02 6125 4400


02 6125 0627


Description area


The Australian Data Archive (ADA) is managed by the Australian National University (ANU). ADA was established at the ANU in 1981 with a brief to provide a national service for the collection and preservation of computer readable data relating to social, political and economic affairs and to make these data available for further analysis. A team of professional data archivists, advised by a panel of leading social scientists, provides both stewardship and outreach services to the Australian community.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The Australian Data Archive provides a national service for the collection and preservation of digital research data and to make these data available for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users.



  • Irving Saulwick and Associates: Age polls, 1972-1997.
  • Saulwick Polls, 1987-1991.
  • Roy Morgan Research Centre: Australian Gallup polls, 1943-1974.
  • McNair Anderson and Associates: Australian Gallup polls, 1975-1987.
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics: Census of population and housing, 1966- present.
  • Australian National University: National social science survey, 1984-1989; Australian survey of social attitudes, 2003- present; Australian election study, 1987- present.
  • Department of Health: National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 1993- present.
  • Department of Employment Education and Training: Australian Longitudinal Survey, 1984-1989; Australian Youth Survey, 1989-1994; Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, 1995- present.
  • Department of Social Services: Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, 2001- present.
  • Various: ad-hoc Australian surveys, 1960- present; Opinion poll data, 1943- present.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Australian Data Archive Catalogue:

Access area

Opening times

ADA helpdesk operates Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Closed weekends, public holidays, Christmas-New Year (24 December-1 January).
General reference assistance available via email at

Access conditions and requirements

Various. Some holdings require that researchers must have an existing affiliation with an appropriate research organisation.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 28 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Communication (Thematic area)
  • Defence (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Immigration (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Labour (Thematic area)
  • Law and Justice (Thematic area)
  • Media (Thematic area)
  • Medicine and Health (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Populations (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Level 2, Beryl Rawson Building, Australian National University, Acton
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601