Living in Australia: The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey
The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is Australia’s first nationally representative household-based longitudinal survey.
HILDA provides longitudinal data on the lives of Australian residents on a wide range of aspects of life. This includes:
- family dynamics
- economic well-being
- subjective well-being
- labour market dynamics.
The survey commenced in 2001. The study collected data annually through interviews with all people over 15 years old in each household. In Wave one, the study collected data from 7,682 households (13,969 individuals). The wave 11 data collection added a sample top-up of 2,153 households (5,462 individuals).
Sample size and response rates
|Wave response rate
|Retention rate of wave 1
- Response rates are calculated as a percentage of the in-scope participants at the commencement of fieldwork for each wave. Response rates are not provided for wave 1.
- Retention rates are calculated as a percentage of the Wave 1 participants who completed each wave. They do not account for participants who are no longer in-scope (e.g. moved overseas, passed away) or new sample members recruited in subsequent waves. Therefore, they only partially reflect the full response picture.
- HILDA's in scope population tends to increase as new participants join households and children in existing households come of age to join the study.
- In Wave 11 a large top-up of new households occurred.
We are responsible for the HILDA Survey.
The Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne are responsible for design and management of the survey.
Roy Morgan Research collected data for Waves 9 to 20. The Nielsen Company collected data for Waves 1 to 8.
The HILDA Executive Reference Group includes leading researchers from a range of disciplines. They provide advice on the development of survey content.
The HILDA Technical Reference Group provides technical advice to the study.
HILDA data access
Data is available to approved researchers from government, academic institutions and non-profit organisations.
Access the HILDA data through Dataverse.
HILDA data has improved our understanding of the issues facing families regarding income and labour dynamics.
Data Highlight No.1/2014: Financial Hardship in Australia by Laura Bennetts Kneebone
Discussion Paper Series
See FloSse Research for more research publications.
For further information, contact LongitudinalStudies@dss.gov.au