ACSPRI is a non-profit organisation that was originally formed in 1976 to enable Australian social science researchers to access the survey data archive at the University of Michigan.
ACSPRI was responsible for the establishment of the Australian Social Science Data Archive at the ANU, with whom it maintains a close association.
Its most prominent activities are the regular training programs in social research methods and research technology. ACSPRI currently runs three such programs annually, in Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.
ACSPRI also runs survey research centre. This centre specialises in data collection for academic social science research, as well as methodological research and the development of software and tools.