The study is a source of information to those making economic and social welfare decisions for all Australians

What's new in 2022?

As we enter the third year of this pandemic, we are learning to live in a new way.

This year, as well as getting a general update from you, the Living in Australia (HILDA) study will focus on wealth, assets and superannuation. Research to date indicates that for some people, these things have changed substantially and for others, not so much.

In our interview with you this year, we will get your update on how these areas have changed for you and your household. In doing so, this study can ensure policy makers are in the best position to make important decisions in coming years towards the social and economic COVID-19 recovery.

Professor Dean Lillard

A message from Professor Dean Lillard

The Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey generates data that are useful not only for understanding Australians well-being but also the well-being of a broader international community.

Each year, the HILDA Survey contributes data as part of an international family of ten household-based panel studies called the Cross-National Equivalent Files, with HILDA serving to represent Australian households. Cross-national studies using HILDA data allow researchers and policy makers to identify important similarities and differences in what improves people’s lives (or harms them) across countries and over time.

For example, HILDA is part of a large eleven country study funded by the United States National Institutes of Health that will explore the economic and social effects of COVID-mitigation policies and COVIDinduced changes to social support policies in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.

By shedding light on the dynamic evolution of how Australians live and work, your ongoing participation and contributions to the HILDA Survey improve policy and knowledge far beyond Australia’s shores.

Thank you.

Dean Lillard
The Ohio State University