Australian Government Longitudinal Data Conference 2016

Longitudinal Data Conference 2016

The Longitudinal Data Conference 2016 will be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra on 25–27 October 2016 and will showcase how survey and administrative longitudinal data provide a powerful evidence base for policy development and assessment. The conference will include workshops, symposia and expert speakers discussing three central themes:

Powerful data — Methods for collection, design, linkage and analysis
Strong evidence — Policy relevant research and analysis
Informed policy — Australia’s challenges and translation of evidence to policy.


Keynote speakers and panellists announced

The National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) has secured Australian and international experts in longitudinal data to be keynote speakers and panellists at the Australian Longitudinal Data Conference 2016.

The accomplished keynote speakers and panellists will bring a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to the conference, providing insights for policy makers, influencers, academics, researchers, government employees, leaders in data technology, businesses and the not-for-profit sector.


The NCLD is pleased to announce the following speakers and panellists:

David W. Kalisch was appointed as the 15th Australian Statistician on 11 December 2014. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau. He is also the non-judicial member of the Australian Electoral Commission. Mr Kalisch was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for four years, a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission and a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has had senior executive roles in a range of departments since 1991, two appointments at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and was a member of the Australian Delegation to the OECD.

Professor John Bynner is Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences in Education at the University College London Institute of Education. He was a founding Director of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy and was Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the Wider Benefits of Learning Research Centre until retirement in 2004. He is Executive Editor of the international Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Journal. His principal research interest is the contemporary life course. Recent publications include A Companion to Life Course Studies (with Michael Wadsworth, 2011), Journey to a Life Course Perspective in Developmental Science (2014) and The Institutionalisation of Life Course Studies (2016).

Dame Diane Robertson was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the community. After 22 years of service, she recently stepped down from the role of Auckland City Missioner, responsible for providing health and social services to marginalised people at the Auckland City Mission. She is the Chair of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership Working Group and was responsible for data collection and analysis for the Auckland City Mission’s Family 100 project, a leading resource on New Zealand families living in poverty. She is a committed advocate for people and communities in need, including through the promotion of sound policy development informed by data evidence.

Professor Mick Couper is a Research Professor at the Survey Research Centre, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the application of technology to the survey process and the design of computer-assisted surveys, especially internet and mobile web surveys. His research also focuses on the data collection process, including issues of coverage and non-response, mixed-mode surveys, sensitive questions, and the role of interviewers. He holds a Master’s in Applied Social Research from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in Sociology from Rhodes University.


Opportunity to exhibit

The conference will provide exhibitors exclusive access to longitudinal data professionals from a variety of fields.

Exhibition booths are available for Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October. To receive an exhibitors prospectus please email


Scholarships for fulltime PhD students

The NCLD is offering two scholarships per Australian university for PhD students to attend the conference. Scholarships give free entry to the conference on 26 and 27 October. For details contact your university.


More information

Leading up to the conference we will continue to keep you up-to-date with news, information and announcements about the conference.

For more information go to the Longitudinal Data Conference 2016 website, and email any questions to

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.


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Download the conference flyer (pdf 575kB)


Event date: 
25 October 2016 to 27 October 2016
Event Type: 
Supported Events
Last update: 4 Jul 2016