Tips for a successful application

Tips for a successful application

Tips for applicants

Outlined below are tips for submitting a successful application:

  1. Plan and review
    1. Plan your study
    2. Review the AEDC Data Guidelines and information on the AEDC website to check if study objectives align with the appropriate use of AEDC data.
  2. Consider the type of data needed for your study.
    1. Contact AEDC Support to discuss proposed study, queries or concerns prior to submitting an application.
  3. Complete the appropriate application form, and make sure you: 
    1. fill in all relevant sections of the form
    2. only request variables required for your study and provide reasonable justification for the variables requested. Note that the smaller the Statistical Area (Statistical Area 1 being the smallest), the finer the granularity of the data and higher the risk rating an application is likely to receive due to an increased likelihood of individual identification. Applicants applying for finer level geographical data must carefully consider the demographic variables requested to minimise risk.
  4. Include all required documentation
    1. For macrodata, this could be a ​sample table, while microdata and data linkage applications require proof of ethics approval. Data linkage applications also require feasibility statements from the linkage agency. 
    2. Applicants are able to submit applications while ethics approval and/ or feasibility statements are in train. The application will be reviewed with the consideration that these documents will be provided once they are received by the applicant. However, approval will not be granted until they have been provided. 
  5. A reference number will be assigned to an application once it is submitted, and this should be used in all correspondences.
  6. Inform AEDC Support if any details regarding the project change after an application has been submitted and/ or approved. For applications that have received in-principle approval following review, an Amendment Form must be submitted specifying any project changes.