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.
Getting started: Analysing HILDA with Stata
A 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.
Places are limited. Please register here. You can register your interest in the course with hilda-inquiries before 15 September 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.
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.