Using Data to Drive Reform

Survey creation, experimental methods, data collection and the analysis of administrative and panel data.

The Melbourne Institute actively publishes research that contributes to debates on public policy, the Australian economy and contemporary society.

Our research responds to vital questions on Australian economic and social policy, while advancing knowledge across the broader economics discipline.

As applied economists, we care about the data we work with. We use data created by others but we also produce our own data. We have extensive expertise in survey and methodology design.  

The Institute undertakes research for peer-reviewed publication and for partners in government, industry and the non-profit sector.

Surveys and Survey Methodology

The Melbourne Institute designs and co-ordinates small- and large-scale surveys on behalf of state and federal governments, financial services and researchers.

We are responsible for the ongoing design and management of four major surveys – HILDA, MABEL, CASiE and Journeys Home - which help us to better understand economic and social outcomes.

  • HILDA Survey

    The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, known as HILDA, is Australia’s only nationally representative household panel study.

    Designed and launched by the Melbourne Institute in 2001, HILDA follows the lives of more than 17,000 Australians each year, with a focus on family life, income and health.

  • MABEL Survey

    The Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life Survey, known as MABEL, is a longitudinal study of more than 10,000 Australian doctors.

    Launched in 2008, MABEL studies how changes in the working lives of Australian doctors influence the availability, delivery and quality of healthcare.

  • CASiE Survey

    The Consumer Attitudes, Sentiments and Expectations in Australia Survey, known as CASiE, is a monthly survey of Australian households.

    Started in 1974, CASiE collects and analyses opinions about the state of the Australian economy, prospects for employment and expectations of house and consumer price changes.

    The CASiE Survey is conducted by telephone and reaches around 1200 households each month.

  • Journeys Home Survey

    Journeys Home: A Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive longitudinal survey of homelessness.

    Launched in 2011, the study tracks the movements of homeless Australians, and those deemed at high risk of becoming homeless, over a two-and-a-half-year period.

Economic and social indicators

The Melbourne Institute measures a range of macroeconomic indicators to predict trends in the Australian economy. We also measure social indicators such as exclusion and the poverty line.

Using extensive analysis of survey data and business cycles, our staff produce a range of reports exploring economic activity and inflation, consumer sentiment and economic trends.

Poverty and Social Exclusion

Henderson - Poverty Lines Australia, social exclusion monitor

Experiments and Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)

To come.

Behavioural Microsimulation (MITTS)

To come.

Administrative Data Research

Examples of administrative data we use

Research on methodologies

The Melbourne Institute undertakes research into the design of both the HILDA Survey and longitudinal surveys in general.

This research aims to develop initiatives that will improve the overall design of these surveys and enhance the quality and usefulness of the data collected.