Investigates the quality of the administrative data of migrants on student and temporary work (skilled) visas as well as assessing the suitability of the data for linking with the Australian Census of Population and Housing and the Australian Taxation Office Personal IncomeTax data.
In 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Migrants Statistics Unit (NMSU) conducted a study to examine the quality of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Temporary Visa Holders (TVH) administrative data in terms of its suitability for data integration. For the purposes of this study, the administrative data on Temporary migrants is composed of data on International Students and Temporary work (skilled) (subclass 457) visa holders as at 31 July 2011. The study investigates the quality of the administrative data of migrants on student and Temporary work (skilled) visas as well as assessing the suitability of the data for linking with the (ABS) 2011 Australian Census of Population and Housing and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Personal Income Tax (PIT) data. If this data were linked to the Census data file, a linked Australian Census and Temporary Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACTMID) could provide enhanced information on temporary migrant outcomes. If an integrated dataset could be produced of sufficient quality, then the dataset would provide new information on the characteristics of temporary migrants such as usual residence currently and one year ago, labour force status, educational qualifications obtained, income and housing. This data would be very useful for policy and planning as well as providing a rich source of data on this growing population group for academics a nd researchers to inform their studies. The study also explores methodologies to improve future data integration studies and compares the findings with earlier quality studies that have assessed the quality of the integrated dataset created by linking the 2 011 Census to the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Settlement Database (SDB).