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ABS Indicator API (Beta)


Getting Started

Using the API

Getting Started

About the Beta

This beta release allows you to preview ABS Indicator API before it is released in its final form and gives you the opportunity to provide the ABS with feedback as we work to enhance the service.

We will continue to load new datasets and update existing datasets as soon as possible after embargo on the data is lifted. However, data in this beta release may not necessarily be the most up to date. For the most up to date information visit the ABS website.

Availability of the ABS Indicator API (Beta) is not guaranteed. The service may be subject to change.

If you have any issues with the ABS Indicator API, you can ask for help and provide feedback through our API Community of Practice.

Contact the ABS APIs team at You can request to join our register of interest to be notified of any changes in the API. The ABS privacy policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

Key Information

The ABS Indicator REST API (Beta) allows you to request headline economic statistics from the ABS including Australia's key economic indicators.

All datasets are small, containing only the most in-demand data, so responses are returned as fast as possible. If you wish to request full economic datasets you can do so using the ABS Data API (Beta).

The ABS Indicator API uses the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standard. Data is available in XML, JSON and CSV.

Try it out

Base URL

This service only responds to a single GET method:

Response Format

Data is available in XML, JSON and CSV. If no format is selected the API will return XML.

Metadata is available in XML and JSON.


Access to this API is managed by API Key. Currently ABS Indicator API is in a closed Beta. If you are interested in testing and providing feedback please contact us at

If you have been issued an API Key you need to add it as a header in your API requests: x-api-key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

If you are using the linked Swagger user interface to test the API, click ‘Authorize’ enter your API Key and then click 'Authorize' again.

OpenAPI Specification

The OpenAPI / swagger definition for this service is here

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Last edited: 13 Nov 2020, 10:15:56