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3237.2 - Population Mobility, Victoria, Oct 1999  
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BACKGROUND

This publication summarises the results of a survey on mobility of the population, conducted throughout Victoria during October 1999 as a supplement to the Monthly Population Survey.

Information was collected on people who moved house in the last three years (movers), such as main reason for leaving the previous home, main reason for choosing to live in the current area and main reason for choosing the current home. Also included is information on tenure type, dwelling structure, size of yard, employment prospects as a consideration for moving, whether the selected person had grown up in the current area or lived there previously, and whether they had lived with all the same people in the previous home.

Information on housing extensions added by people who did not move in the last three years (non-movers) is also included.

For people intending to move in the next three years, information includes main reason likely to move, when the move is likely to occur, the likely destination and whether they expect to live with the same people in their next home.

This information is cross-classified by a range of data items such as age group, location of past and present dwellings, distance moved and year of arrival for those people born overseas.

FINDINGS

  • In October 1999 there were 1,014,700 people in Victoria aged 18 years and over who had moved in the previous three years (29%) compared with 2,503,100 people who had not (71%).

  • The most mobile age group is between 25 and 34 years, with 53% (384,400) having moved in the last three years. The percentage that moved decreases steadily as age increases, with less than 9% (48,300) of the 65 years and over age group having moved.

  • Generally, people with post–school qualifications were more likely to have moved than people without such qualifications. For example, 40% (163,200) of people with bachelor degrees had moved, compared with 25% (519,900) of those without post–school qualifications.

  • Some 73% (155,200) of people currently in group households had moved. In contrast, this percentage ranged from 23% to 34% for people in all other household types.

  • In the last three years, less than 10% (118,000) of current home owners had moved. This compares with 67% (444,200) of renters and 31% (331,500) of purchasers.


1a - MOVERS AND NON-MOVERS, overview
Movers
Non–movers
Total(a)
Movers
Non–movers
Total(a)

'000
'000
'000
%
%
%
Age groups
    18–24 years
195.4
272.1
467.4
41.8
58.2
100.0
    25–34 years
384.4
343.9
729.6
52.7
47.1
100.0
    35–44 years
212.2
507.2
720.4
29.5
70.4
100.0
    45–54 years
116.1
506.1
622.2
18.7
81.3
100.0
    55–64 years
58.4
360.5
419.6
13.9
85.9
100.0
    65 years and over
48.3
513.4
561.7
8.6
91.4
100.0
Sex
    Male
489.6
1,232.2
1,724.5
28.4
71.5
100.0
    Female
525.2
1,271.0
1,796.5
29.2
70.7
100.0
Country of birth
    Australia
747.6
1,750.0
2,499.9
29.9
70.0
100.0
    Main English–speaking countries
78.8
213.0
291.8
27.0
73.0
100.0
    Other countries
188.3
540.2
729.2
25.8
74.1
100.0
Year of arrival
    Before 1996
207.3
748.1
956.1
21.7
78.2
100.0
    1996–1999
59.9
*5.0
64.9
92.2
*7.8
100.0
    Not applicable(b)
747.6
1,750.0
2,499.9
29.9
70.0
100.0
Total
1,014.7
2,503.1
3,520.9
28.8
71.1
100.0

(a) Total includes people responded 'don't know' to the length of time that they have lived in their current home.
(b) People who were born in Australia.



1b - MOVERS AND NON-MOVERS, overview continued

Movers
Non–movers
Total(a)
Movers
Non–movers
Total(a)

'000
'000
'000
%
%
%
Current area of usual residence
    Melbourne Major Statistical Region
737.2
1,850.9
2,591.2
28.5
71.4
100.0
    Balance of Victoria Major Statistical Region
277.6
652.2
929.8
29.9
70.1
100.0
Employment status
    Employed
691.2
1,469.1
2,162.4
32.0
67.9
100.0
    Unemployed
53.5
80.8
134.3
39.8
60.2
100.0
    Not in the labour force
270.0
953.2
1,224.2
22.1
77.9
100.0
Post–school qualifications(b)
    Higher degree
16.4
43.5
60.0
27.3
72.5
100.0
    Postgraduate diploma
28.0
56.0
84.0
33.3
66.7
100.0
    Bachelor degree
163.2
242.4
405.5
40.2
59.8
100.0
    Undergraduate diploma
32.8
83.3
116.1
28.3
71.7
100.0
    Associate diploma
57.8
104.5
162.4
35.6
64.3
100.0
    Skilled vocational qualifications
147.2
339.3
488.5
30.1
69.5
100.0
    Basic vocational qualifications
47.7
69.9
117.6
40.6
59.4
100.0
    Out of scope/not applicable(c)
519.9
1,559.0
2,079.9
25.0
75.0
100.0
Total
1,014.7
2,503.1
3,520.9
28.8
71.1
100.0

(a) Total includes people responded 'don't know' to the length of time that they have lived in their current home.
(b) 'Uncodeable/inadequately described' and 'not stated' responses are only included in total.
(c) 'Out of scope/not applicable' includes people who have not completed any tertiary qualification or have no post secondary education.



1c - MOVERS AND NON-MOVERS, overview continued

Movers
Non–movers
Total(a)
Movers
Non–movers
Total(a)

'000
'000
'000
%
%
%
Household type
    Person living alone
113.3
270.4
384.1
29.5
70.4
100.0
    Married couple only(b)
215.9
605.2
821.8
26.3
73.6
100.0
    Married couple with children(b)
348.5
1,183.4
1,533.9
22.7
77.1
100.0
    Single parent with children
77.1
182.3
259.4
29.7
70.3
100.0
    Group household(c)
155.2
57.2
212.4
73.1
26.9
100.0
    Other households
104.8
204.5
309.4
33.9
66.1
100.0
Current dwelling structure
    Separate house
744.0
2,264.4
3,011.5
24.7
75.2
100.0
    Semi–detached, row or terrace house, town house, etc
90.6
99.3
189.9
47.7
52.3
100.0
    Flat/unit/apartment/other dwelling
177.5
138.5
316.0
56.2
43.8
100.0
Current tenure type
    Owner
118.0
1,111.3
1,230.6
9.6
90.3
100.0
    Purchaser
331.5
748.1
1,079.6
30.7
69.3
100.0
    Renter
444.2
223.7
668.3
66.5
33.5
100.0
    Boarder
*11.3
*3.9
15.2
*74.3
*25.7
100.0
    Rent–free
64.4
256.2
320.6
20.1
79.9
100.0
    Other(d)
45.4
158.1
204.8
22.2
77.2
100.0
Total(e)
1,014.7
2,503.1
3,520.9
28.8
71.1
100.0

(a) Total includes people responded 'don't know' to the length of time that they have lived in their current home.
(b) Married couple includes people who are in de facto relationship.
(c) Person living with non–relatives only.
(d) Other includes people responded 'life tenant' and 'participant of rent/buy (or shared equity) scheme' responses.
(e) Total includes some 'not stated' responses.



SYMBOLS AND OTHER USAGES

ABSAustralian Bureau of Statistics
Movers People who moved house in the three years to October 1999
Non- moversPeople who did not move house in the three years to October 1999
*Estimate is subject to sampling variability too high for most practical purposes



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