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Mobility across Australia
The main reasons reported for moving were generally consistent across the states and territories. However, the number of people who moved due to a change in employment varied. More people living in the Australian Capital Territory (22%) and the Northern Territory (17%) at the time of the survey, reported moving for employment reasons than any of the states.
Types of moves
Of the people who had moved in the five years prior to the survey, 90% had moved within the same state or territory in their last move, 47% moved within the same suburb or locality and 43% moved from outside their suburb or locality but within the same state or territory. Of the remaining 10% of people who had moved, half had moved from interstate and half had moved from overseas in their last move.
In the five years prior to the survey, 8% of the population living in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory at the time of the survey had moved from other states and territories in their last move. In comparison, 2% of the population living in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia had moved from interstate (Table 2.8).
Just over one fifth of people who had moved within the same suburb or locality in their last move reported wanting a bigger or better home as their main reason for moving. The other common reason reported by people in this group was purchasing their own home (16%). Those who moved outside their suburb or locality but within the same state or territory, were most likely to have moved due to purchasing their own home (14%). People who had moved from interstate most commonly moved for employment reasons (38%).
The main reasons reported by people who had moved from overseas varied. They included getting married or to live with a partner, employment reasons, accessibility reasons, moving with family, lifestyle change and to be closer to family and friends. However, they were more likely to have moved to get married or to live with a partner (15%) than the rest of the population.