Characteristics of Temporary Skilled Migrants - GovHack Only Dataset

Australian Bureau of Statistics

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The Characteristics of Temporary Skilled Migrants test dataset is based on an experimental linked dataset.

The test dataset mimics the structure of the real dataset (with the same data items and allowed values), however, all data in the test dataset is false, created through a randomisation process. Proportions of values within data items in the test dataset are similar to those in the real data, however, relationships between data items have not (intentionally) been maintained.

As such, the dataset should NOT be used for analytical, decision or policy making purposes.

The purpose of this test dataset is to allow GovHack participants to develop applications and other proof of concept products, with the understanding that any output is not suitable for analytical purposes.

The Characteristics of Temporary Skilled Migrants Test Dataset is based on an experimental linked dataset that combines information on the migration characteristics of temporary skilled migrants (those holding a subclass 457 visa) with demographic, geographic, employment and education information from the 2011 Census. This test dataset has undergone a process of statistical randomisation and as such, should not be used for analytical or decision making purposes.

This dataset was created using information from the ABS Census of Population and Housing which was held on August 9, 2011, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) administrative data pertaining to temporary skilled migrants (visa subclass 457) in Australia on 31 July, 2011 (the closest available date to Census night).

For metadata regarding the Census data items displayed in this dataset, see the 2011 Census Dictionary.

Data items available are State/Territory, Statistical Area Level 2, Age Group, Sex, Country of Birth, Industry, Occupation, Income and Highest Educational Attainment.


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API Endpoints

  • SOAP: []
  • ReST (XML):

Dataset Codes


ReST Call pattern[METHOD]/ABS_CTSM/[DIMENSIONS]/ABS(?startTime=YYYY&endTime=YYYY)

Example call (ReST (XML) via CORS proxy


(Note the use of quotes so that the &endTime=2014 isn’t passed as part of the argument but as part of the target URI.)