User support and documentation

User guides


Developed for users of the LSAY unit record data, the user guide series helps researchers understand and work with the LSAY data. The guides aim to address all aspects of the LSAY data including:

  • how to access the data
  • data restrictions
  • variable naming conventions
  • topic maps
  • classifications and code frames
  • weights
  • derived variables.

User guides are available for each LSAY cohort.

For information on how to access the unit record data see How to access LSAY data.

NEW Online data dictionary


The NEW Online data dictionary is a digital platform designed to help users explore the information captured across all six LSAY cohorts. Information is organised using topic areas and data elements and uses topic maps to identify the waves and cohorts in which data elements are collected.

Variable listing and metadata


The variable listing and metadata workbook provides a complete listing of the variables and their associated formats/value labels contained in the LSAY data files for all five LSAY cohorts. This resource should be used in conjunction with the LSAY user guide series.

Further information about the way the information has been structured in this workbook can be found in the section The LSAY data in the LSAY user guides.

Derived variables


Derived variables help to simplify the use of the data and provide useful indicators for analysis. The derived variables series describes the 24 derived variables developed for users of the LSAY data. They fall into the categories of:

  • education
  • employment
  • social.

The SAS syntax used to derive these variables is available for each cohort.