What is the best way to navigate the website?
The best way to find what you are after will depend on what exactly you are looking for.
If you are looking for a variable that is popular, such as gross domestic product and its components, then the best way is to navigate through the categories.
On the otherhand, if you are looking for an obscure series such as the breakfast cereal CPI in Melbourne, then the best way would be to use the search-box in the top right corner of this page. When using the search-box you should keep your search as simple as possible. For example searching for the above item one would type "breakfast cereal cpi melbourne".
You can also narrow down the list of variables via the tags section. This section allows you to narrow down to a list of variables that contain a particular key word. Its advantage over the search-box is that you can browse through the available key words.
How can I provide feedback on the website?
By sending an email to
How often does the AMD update its database?
The AMD checks for updates daily. However, the updating is dependent on when new series by the ABS and RBA are released.
These dates for the ABS are provided in the answer to the next question.
When does the ABS update its datasets?
When downloading a file, where are the variable details stored?
In the 3rd and 4th columns of the downloaded text file.
Welcome to the Australian Macro Database (or AMD).
The AMD was created with the intention of centralising all Australian macroeconomic data in one location, making it easier to find the variable that you are after. In addition to improving navigation, the aim of AMD is to also to also facilitate the user's experience with data by providing interactive graphs and instant onscreen tables.
The AMD is greatly influenced by such websites as FRED and Quandl. However, it differs from these two websites by being Australia centric. The AMD's main sources for data are the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).