Individual Licences

Australian users

This category includes the following researchers:

  • Academics at an Australian university, Institute of Technology or TAFE.
  • Researchers or research assistants attached to an Australian university, Institute of Technology or TAFE.
    Note: In the case of research assistants, the Department of Social Services reserves the right to require a senior research officer working on the same research project to have access to the same or higher level dataset. This is required in the case of students working as research assistants. If DSS has any questions about your position, they will contact you directly.
  • Honours*, Masters and PhD students at an Australian university, Institute of Technology or TAFE.
    Note: The student and their supervisor must be located at the same institution and must apply for access to the same dataset independently. Supervisors must have independent access to the same or higher level dataset for which the student is applying.
  • Employees of an Australian Commonwealth agency (including DSS).
  • Employees of an Australian state or territory agency.
  • Researchers from community-based organisations.
  • Researchers within statutory bodies whose primary business is research.
  • Individuals within other statutory bodies.
    Note: Applications in this category will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

* Australian Honours students will only be given access to the data under Organisational Licensing arrangements.

Other Australian users whose primary business is research may be given access to the datasets if the research is to be used for non-profit purposes. Applications for this category will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Australian users need to complete the Individual Deed of Licence for Australian Researchers and return it to the Department of Social Services.

Overseas users

Overseas users may apply for access to the General Release datasets if they fit into one of the following categories:

  • Academics at an overseas university.
  • PhD students at an overseas university.
    Note: The student and their supervisor must be located at the same university and must apply for access to the same dataset independently.
  • Researchers at overseas government agencies who intend to use the data for research purposes.
  • Overseas researchers who work at a private institution whose primary business is research and who intend to use the data for research purposes.

* Applications from overseas Honours and Masters students may also be considered for access to the data, but only under Organisational Licensing arrangements.

Other overseas users whose primary business is research may be given access to the datasets if the research is to be used for non-profit purposes. Applications for this category will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Overseas users need to complete the Individual Deed of Licence for Overseas Researchers and return it to the Department of Social Services.

Cost per release

$77 in Australia (including GST) or $121 if overseas (GST exempt).

Application process

  • DSS will notify you once your application has been approved. They will also notify the HILDA Administrative Assistant, who will contact you regarding payment.
  • The HILDA data DVD will only be posted via Express Post (or Express Courier International for overseas users) after payment has been completed via the secure payment system.
  • Passwords and any other relevant information required to access the HILDA data will be emailed to the Organisational Delegate.

Questions

If you have any questions about Individual Licences, please refer to the longitudinal survey Fact Sheets.