This chapter presents statistics on Australian housing mobility, compiled from the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). Housing mobility refers to the movement of people due to a change in their place of usual residence. Such changes may result from changes in housing arrangements, such as moving from rental accommodation into home ownership, or moving from one geographical location to another for various family, employment or lifestyle reasons.
The SIH collects detailed information on income, housing and other characteristics of individuals and households from a representative sample of private dwellings throughout urban and rural areas of Australia (excluding very remote areas). People living in non-private dwellings such as hotels, boarding schools, boarding houses, nursing homes and institutions are excluded from the survey. The survey is conducted every two years, with additional housing topics collected every six years. These additional topics are determined through consultation with key users of housing statistics. For further information on the scope of the survey, refer to paragraphs 59-60 of the Explanatory Notes.
The latest SIH, conducted in 2007-08, collected additional data relating to housing mobility and the reasons that people move. Respondents were asked the number of times they had moved in the last five years, and if they had done so, the main reason for their last move. The SIH collects information from all persons aged 15 years and over within the selected dwellings and all analysis within this article relates to these individuals.