4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Jan 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/01/2007   
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Wave 5 data from HILDA (the Survey of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) is scheduled for release in early 2007. The following new topics were included: fertility; personality; school attendance of children; parents' education; leave from employment; benefits of paid employment; initiation of marital separation; household expenditure; carer identification; retirement intentions; and non co-residential relationships.

HILDA is Australia's first nationally representative household-based panel survey. It tracks all members of an initial sample of households over an indefinite life. Interviews are conducted annually, with the first wave occurring in 2001. The data collected includes household structure, family background, marital history, family formation, education, employment history, current employment and job search, income, health and wellbeing, childcare and housing. The longitudinal nature of the survey enables analysis of the changes to families and individuals over time, which is not possible with cross-sectional data.

Enquiries about the HILDA Survey should be directed, in the first instance to the HILDA website, www.melbourneinstitute.com/hilda, or to Dr Michael Kortt (Research and Analysis Branch), Telephone (02) 6244 1814, or email michael.kortt@facsia.gov.au.