Briefing paper

Findings of the 14th Annual Statistical Report of the HILDA Survey

Economic indicators Economic forecasting Social issues Household survey data Australia


The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Statistical Report 2019 shows earnings from work in Australia for men have virtually plateaued in real terms since 2011, while earnings for women have increased slightly. The report also shows median household incomes have fallen slightly in real terms since 2009, and income inequality is largely unchanged over the whole length of the period that the survey has been conducted (from 2001 to 2017).

Commuting times are now longer, households are less reliant on welfare payments, new retirees aged 65 years and over are less likely to be on the Age Pension, and workers are more likely to be engaged in non-standard employment.

Men are more likely to be spending a bit more time on house work and child care than they did in the early 2000s while women are spending a bit less time on house work than they did but more time on child care. Men are more likely to experience conflict between work and spending time with family than women but the rate of conflict is falling over time—perhaps due to them being less likely to work very long hours. Young Australians are much more likely to be living in the parental home for longer, which is partially driven by higher rates of participation in education.

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