Governance of the Centre studies

Department of Social Services fund and manage the studies on behalf of the Australian Government.

Policy advice is provided to the Centre through the Longitudinal Studies Advisory Group (LSAG), a high-level consultative forum managed by the Department of Social Services which facilitates whole–of–government strategic input to the ongoing development of the Centre studies. LSAG provides advice to DSS on development of its suite of longitudinal studies and thereby assists in maximising their strategic importance to the Australian Government. The advice includes guidance and leadership on future content, operation and analysis of the studies, and their underpinning key research questions.

Ongoing development of each of the Centre studies is also informed by external committees that provide expertise in survey content, design, collection methodology, community engagement, ethics, cultural protocols and/or data analysis and interpretation.

Centre study Governance
Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA): The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants

The study is conducted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), with the fieldwork undertaken by Colmar Brunton Social Research in conjunction with Multicultural Marketing and Management.

The BNLA Advisory Group informs the study design and development. Members include Commonwealth government officials, external stakeholders, experts in refugee resettlement and longitudinal survey methods and analysis.

Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)

LSIC is conducted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) under the guidance of the Footprints in Time Steering Committee, chaired by Professor Mick Dodson AM.

Interviews are primarily conducted by Department of Social Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Administration Officers (RAOs).

Colmar Brunton are responsible for data capture and cleaning.

Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)

The Department of Social Services (DSS) funds and manages the study.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics manages the sample, collects and processes the data and is responsible for respondent engagement.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is responsible for coordinating the design and content of the study, and the preparation of research and statistical reports.

A consortium of leading researchers from a diverse range of disciplines including education, psychology, economics and paediatrics provides ongoing advice and technical expertise.

The Data Expert Reference Group provides technical advice to the study. It consists of statistical experts external to the study as well as representatives from the three lead agencies.

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey

DSS initiated, and has overall responsibility for, the HILDA Survey. Responsibility for the design and management of the survey rests with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.

Data collection for Waves 9 to 16 is being undertaken by Roy Morgan Research. The Nielsen Company collected Waves 1 to 8.

The HILDA Executive Reference Group includes leading researchers from a wide range of disciplines and provides advice on the development of survey content.

The HILDA Technical Reference Group provides technical advice to the study.

Journeys Home: A Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability

Journeys Home was funded by Department of Social Services (DSS) and run by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.

The Melbourne Institute subcontracted Roy Morgan Research to collect information for the study.

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