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The Australian Data Archive (ADA) provides a national service for the collection and preservation of high quality enhanced digital research data for secondary analysis.

The archive is lead by a consortium of leading national Australian universities, managed by the Australian National University (ANU) and includes nodes at the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Australia.

The ADA is comprised of seven sub-archives:

  • ADA Social Science
  • ADA Historical
  • ADA Indigenous
  • ADA Longitudinal
  • ADA Qualitative
  • ADA Crime & Justice
  • ADA International

Looking for research information?

All visitors to the ADA Data Catalogue can browse and search the catalogue, view study and variable documentation (including frequencies) and download related material (questionnaires, codebooks, etc). Registered users can also analyse and visualise most data online and users who have completed the relevant undertaking form(s) can download entire studies or subsets of variables in a range of formats.

A range of online data visualization tools are also available. ADA Data Access information and forms can be found at

Deposit your research

The Node Manager and the archivist invite researchers in Western Australia to discuss depositing their research into the Archive. Depositing your research has many benefits.

A few are:
  • Raise your profile and increase your citation rates – the depositor retains intellectual property rights and must be cited by anyone using the data from the archive.
  • Store your research in a managed facility accessible online – research is stored in a secure environment downloadable into a wide range of software packages.
  • Build a stronger research community by sharing your research with colleagues - the online archive‘s reach is world wide .
  • The service is free of charge to depositors.

Each of our subarchives includes advice on creating and managing data of specific types, including indigenous, qualitative and longitudinal data. ADA Data Deposit information and forms can be found at