Current training

Getting started: Analysing HILDA with Stata - 3–5 June 2015

A hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held on 3–5 June 2015 at the University of Melbourne.

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 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). If you have not used Stata before, please consider attending the free short Introduction to Stata course on Tuesday 2 June, 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

While the course will be taught in Stata, SAS equivalent code will be provided.

Course details
Location: 198 Berkeley Street, University of Melbourne (lab to be advised)

Wednesday 3 June to Friday 5 June 2015

For participants who have little or no experience with Stata, there is a free short introduction to Stata, held Tuesday 2 June, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Time: 9.15am – 4.00pm
Catering: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided
Fees: $850 ($580 PhD and Masters students)

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You may register your interest in the course with hilda-inquiries prior to 26 May. Payment must be made within 5 working days of being placed on our tentative list to secure your place.

Cancellations within 5 working days prior to the start of the training will not be refunded.

Future training opportunities

We have tentatively scheduled a 3-day course on "Panel Data Analysis Techniques with HILDA Examples" with Professor Steve Pudney (University of Essex) in November 2015.

If you would like to receive notifications of the Panel Data Analysis Techniques course and other 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.