Current training opportunities

Getting started: Analysing HILDA with Stata

A 3-day hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held on 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.

Course information

This 3-day 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 latest HILDA Release and assume participants have relatively little experience in working with large data sets. The training will then cover the following topics:

There will be scope within the course to deal with individual questions which participants might have about data extraction and structure in panel data contexts.

Course instructors

The course will be presented by Professor Robert Breunig, Mark O’Shea and Nicole Watson.

Professor Robert Breunig is Acting Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. His primary applied research interests are in analysing individual and firm behaviour, evaluating government tax and transfer programs and analysing large data sets.

Mark O’Shea and Nicole Watson are part of the HILDA Survey team at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Mark joined the HILDA team in 2016 and provides imputation and data support. Nicole has worked on the HILDA project since 2000 and has been involved in the sample design, weighting, imputation and overall survey management.



You do not need to have used the HILDA data or Stata before. You should have some experience with a statistical software package of some sort (eg. SAS, SPSS, Stata). While the course will be taught in Stata, SAS equivalent code will be provided.

Course details
Location Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (lab to be advised)
Date and time Tuesday 14 February to Thursday 16 February 2017, 9.15am – 4pm
Plus optional Monday 13 February 2017 – A short ‘Introduction to Stata’ for those who have little or no Stata experience, 1.30-4pm
Catering Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided
Fees $880 ($580 for PhD and Masters students)



Places are limited. Please register and pay here. You can register your interest in the course with hilda-inquiries before 3 February 2017 though payment must be made within 5 working days of registering your interest to secure your place. Cancellations within 5 working days prior to the start of the training will not be refunded.

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Future training opportunities


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We may be able to conduct a special training session if you have a group of 10–15 people who are interested in HILDA training. Please contact Nicole Watson to discuss your request.

Past training information

To access links and information about our past training courses, including the course on Panel Data Analysis Techniques with HILDA Examples, please refer to our Past Training page.