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.
Release 14 of the HILDA data (Waves 1 to 14) became available from Wednesday 9 December 2015.
Training opportunitiesGetting Started: Analysing HILDA with Stata: 17-19 February 2016
A 3-day hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held on 17-19 February 2016 at the Australian National University. A short (optional) introduction to Stata will also be provided on 16 February. The course will be presented by Professor Robert Breunig (Australian National University) and Ms Nicole Watson (University of Melbourne).
The training course is designed for people who are interested in using the HILDA Survey data but have not yet done so. It will take a descriptive research problem such as “What happens to single mothers who receive Parenting Payment Single? Do they stay on the program from one year to the next? Do they move to another income support program? Do they leave income support?” and go through all the steps necessary to answer this question. We begin with the HILDA DVD and assume participants have relatively little experience in working with large data sets.
For more information, visit our training webpage.
The latest version of the HILDA Statistical Report - The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey: Selected Findings from Waves 1 to 12 - was released on Wednesday 15 July 2015. To download the report, please select the following link.
Other HILDA Statistical Reports are available at:
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.