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Welcome to the BNLA Dataverse

Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA): The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants follows the settlement journey of 2,399 humanitarian migrants and their families who arrived in Australia between April and October 2013.

The project aims to increase understanding of the well-being and experiences of humanitarian migrants settling in Australia. It focuses on their participation in society, their general health and happiness and investigating factors that may facilitate positive outcomes. To help inform policy, it collects information about use and availability of support.

BNLA is managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

All applicants for Datasets must complete a once only Confidentiality Deed Poll and email the scanned, signed copy to NCLD ( and ADA ( before applications will be approved. Previous users of Datasets must also complete the NCLD Data Holdings Form.


  • In 2019 Melbourne Institute is planning to run three training courses.

    • Getting Started: Analysing HILDA with Stata. This 3-day hands-on training course is designed for people interested in using the HILDA Survey data but have only used the data a little or not at all. There will be a half-day Introduction to Stata just prior to the course for those who have not used Stata before. The courses will be held from 15-18 April 2019 in Canberra and from 4-6 June 2019 in Melbourne.
    • Introduction to Panel Data Analysis. This course covers longitudinal descriptive statistics, regression analysis, panel data regression techniques and instrumental variables. The course will be held from 17-19 June 2019 in Melbourne.
    More information is available here.


Only a General Release of the BNLA Dataset is available. The current release of BNLA includes the first four waves of data.

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Details about the National Centre for Longitudinal Data are available from the Department of Social Services

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Jan 14, 2019
Department of Social Services; Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2018, "Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants, Release 4 (Waves 1-4)", doi:10.26193/ZQHBPW, ADA Dataverse, V4
Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) aims to identify factors which help or hinder positive settlement outcomes. BNLA follows 1,509 humanitarian migrating units who arrived in Australia or had their permanent visas granted in th...
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