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 18 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.
Release 15 of the HILDA data (Waves 1 to 15) is scheduled to be available from Monday 5 December 2016. Details for pre-orders will be available in November.
A 3-day hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held 14-16 February 2017 at the Australian National University. An optional half-day introduction to Stata will also be provided on 13 February for those that have not used Stata before. You can go to our training webpage for more information or click on the following registration/payment link.
The latest version of the HILDA Statistical Report - The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey: Selected Findings from Waves 1 to 14 - was released on Wednesday 20 July 2016. To download the report, please select the following link or go to the HILDA Statistical Reports webpage.
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 18 is being undertaken by Roy Morgan Research, a private market research company, and The Nielsen Company collected waves 1 to 8.