Current training opportunities

Getting started: Analysing HILDA with Stata

A three (3) day hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held on 27-29 September 2016 at the University of Melbourne. A half-day (optional) introduction to Stata will also be provided on 26 September.

Course information

This 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. 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 and Ms Nicole Watson.

Professor Robert Breunig is a member 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.

Nicole Watson is part of the HILDA Survey team at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She 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:    Berkeley St, University of Melbourne (lab to be advised)
Date/Time: Tuesday 27 September to Thursday 29 September 2016, 9.15am – 4.00pm
Stata intro: Monday 26 September 2016, 1.30 - 4.00pm (optional)
Catering:    Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided
Fees:          $860 ($570 PhD and Masters students)

Registration:   This training course is currently full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email hilda-inquiries and we will let you know should a place become available.

Payments can be made on our eCart webpage.

Future training opportunities


If you would like to receive notifications of HILDA training courses, please subscribe to the HILDA mailing list.

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.