The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a household-based panel study which began in 2001. It has the following key features:
- It collects information about economic and subjective well-being, labour market dynamics and family dynamics.
- Special questionnaire modules are included each wave.
- The wave 1 panel consisted of 7,682 households and 19,914 individuals. In wave 11 this was topped up with an additional 2,153 households and 5,477 individuals.
- Interviews are conducted annually with all adult members of each household.
- The panel members are followed over time.
- The funding has been guaranteed for sixteen waves, though the survey is designed to continue for longer than this.
- Academic and other researchers can apply to use the General Release datasets for their research.
Who is involved in the HILDA Survey?
The HILDA Survey was initiated, and is funded, by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services (DSS). Responsibility for the design and management of the survey rests with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (University of Melbourne).
Data collection for waves 9 to 16 is being undertaken by Roy Morgan Research, a private market research company, and The Nielsen Company collected waves 1 to 8.