Scientific Use Files

Statistics Austria provides selected anonymised microdata of official statistics as standardised data sets (SDS) and as task-specific data sets (ADS) for use in scientific research and education. In the sense of statistical secrecy and as a measure of data protection, the data are anonymised so that a direct or indirect identification of a concrete individual case is de facto impossible.

SDS can be downloaded for your own purposes after registration and activation. Registration is necessary in order to maintain an overview of users and to be able to receive feedback if necessary. By registering, users also agree to the terms of use. Some data sets are also offered as an anonymised complete data set. This is indicated with the individual data sets.

We compile SDS according to your wishes and requirements; to do this, we need your information, which you provide to us in the form provided for this purpose.

A large part of the SDS is available free of charge. ADSs are compiled specifically according to the needs of the users and are subject to a charge, whereby the costs are calculated for each individual case - depending on the data set requested and the amount of work involved.

To enable research to work with anonymised individual data, measures must be taken to ensure data protection. The depth of anonymisation depends on the combination of the following two strategies: On the one hand, the data material is processed by anonymisation methods before being released for scientific purposes. On the other hand, a lesser depth of anonymisation can take place if the legal, physical and technical conditions are designed in such a way that data protection rights are nevertheless fully satisfied.

Data sets that can be downloaded from the Statistics Austria website after a registration procedure are processed with regard to their information content in such a way that de-anonymisation based on the data material is not possible in any case. Statistics Austria makes such data sets available as SDS.

Data sets that contain a greater depth of information and/or individually newly compiled content can be made available as ADS, provided that de-anonymisation can be ruled out. The exact modalities necessary for the creation of such a data set are to be contractually agreed separately in the respective case. Unless otherwise agreed, the same terms of use apply to ADS users as to SDS users.

The following standardised data sets are currently available:

Consumer survey
Survey regarding volunteering
Adult education
ICT use in households
Health survey
Hospital discharge statistics
Internal migration
External migration
Integration survey
Register census
Payroll tax statistics
Integrated Wage and Income Tax
Factors of Business Success (FOBS)
Travel habits of the Austrian population
Time Use Survey

The standardised data sets and the metadata are, so far, only available in German language. For further information regarding these standardised data sets please refer to the German page.



Please send an email with the following details to:

Position (student, research assistant, etc.)
Scientific institution
Research project
Desired SDS
You will receive an e-mail with a link to the download area.


Please send the completed application form to:

Terms of use for SDS and ADS:

With the data request you agree to the terms of use.
In case of using the data sets provided by Statistik Austria, users declare to use the data exclusively under the conditions stated here and for the following purposes. Users are members of a university or a relevant scientific institution. The aim of the data use is a scientific analysis. In no case will de-anonymisation of the data be attempted. The data may only be used for the project specified in the application email. The data may not be passed on to third parties (natural and legal persons), either for payment or free of charge. After completion of the project, the data will be deleted. A copy of the research paper (article, diploma thesis) prepared with the help of one or more SDSs or ADSs must be submitted to Statistics Austria after completion, where Statistics Austria reserves the right to publish a citation of the paper and, in agreement with the researcher, the entire paper on its website

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Last updated on 2023-08-14.
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