HILDA Statistical Report

Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a nationally representative longitudinal study of Australian households.

HILDA is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services and is managed by the Melbourne Institute.

The Melbourne Institute publishes the latest findings from the HILDA Survey each year, allowing Australians to see how different aspects of their lives have changed over time.

Fast Facts

  • The HILDA Survey follows the lives of more than 17,000 Australians each year.
  • It collects information on many aspects of life in Australia, including household and family relationships, income and employment, and health and education.
  • Participants are followed over the course of their lifetime.
  • HILDA is the only study of its kind in Australia.
  • Researchers from Australia and overseas may apply to access and use the Survey data.

The 18th Annual Statistical Report of the HILDA Survey

This report presents key findings from Waves 1 to 21 of the HILDA Survey. The report explores 11 topics:

  • Households and family life
  • Household economic wellbeing
  • The labour market
  • Life during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021
  • Health and health care
  • Legal and illegal drug use
  • Psychological distress
  • Loneliness
  • Quantity and quality of sleep
  • The wellbeing of people receiving National Disability Insurance Scheme supports
  • People who have served in the Australian Defence Force

Download the latest report Previous reports

Roger Wilkins
It is the only nationally representative data source we have that provides rich information on the pathways people are taking, providing insights into what led them to where they are and helping us to understand what’s changing and what may be driving the changes.Professor Roger Wilkins