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Synthetic Priority Investment Approach Data, 2001 - 2015

The Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare (PIA) policy initiative was established as part of the 2015-16 Budget, following a comprehensive review of Australia’s welfare system. The initiative uses data analysis to identify groups at risk of long-term welfare dependence. As part of the PIA, in September 2016, the Minister for Social Services announced a plan to allow limited public access to PIA data.

A synthetic version of the PIA data has been created to provide access to administrative data for general users while maintaining the privacy of individuals. The synthetic PIA data relates to individuals who have made a claim for, are receiving or have received payments or services administered under social security law. This includes benefit types such as Aged Pension, Youth Allowance, Newstart and Disability Support Pension. The synthetic data contains a limited number of variables suitable for research, while maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of individuals. The synthetic dataset has been created by applying a privacy-preserving algorithm on the original PIA data. This process results in each person’s true data being modified such that the overall group data very closely represents that of the original dataset, yet no one individual’s data remains in the synthetic dataset. That is, the dataset is a combination of synthetic records that, when combined, reflect the shape of the original dataset.

The synthetic PIA data contains a series of point-in-time quarterly snapshots dated from July 2001 to June 2015. This results in 56 separate quarters of administrative data. Each quarter includes 31 variables (listed below) that are consistent across all quarters. There are approximately 5 million individual records represented in each quarter.

The synthetic PIA data is available via free registration at Dataverse: https://dataverse.ada.edu.au/dataverse/pia_synthetic.

This dataset is not publicly available. It is listed on data.gov.au as an unpublished dataset to improve discovery. Interested data users should contact the data custodian on the details below to discuss terms of access.

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Synthetic Priority Investment Approach Data, 2001 - 2015
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/b01e77fc-c58e-43a5-a58a-edd07b80eeae
Date Published 2017-12-18
Date Updated 2023-08-11
Contact Point
Department of Social Services
Temporal Coverage 2001-07-01 00:00:00 - 2015-06-30 00:00:00
Geospatial Coverage Australia
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Department of Social Services