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DYNOPTA - Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing
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HOUSEHOLD, income and labour dynamics in australia (HILDA)

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is a longitudinal study on economic and subjective wellbeing, and labour market dynamics and family dynamics that started in 2001. HILDA aims to track all members of an initial sample of households over an indefinite life.

The HILDA Survey is a household-based panel survey which collects data in three main areas:

  • Income dynamics
  • Labour market dynamics
  • Family dynamics

Interviews were conducted with a nationally representative sample of 19 914 adults and children (excluding those living in remote or sparsely populated areas) in 7 682 responding Wave 1 private households. 13 939 of these permanent participants were aged 15 and over were offered a full interview. The sample is extended over time by including new household members as temporary participants.

The HILDA Survey provides valuable information on issues such as:

  • How and why the composition of households change
  • How and why relationships form and break up
  • The relationship between education levels and labour market experience for different groups and generations
  • The life satisfaction and health status of different group and generations

The HILDA Survey is funded by the Australian Government through FaHCSIA. Responsibility for the design and management of the survey rests with a group comprising the Melbourne Institute of Applied Ecconomic and Social Research (University of Melbourne), the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

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