Census: younger Australians more likely to make a move

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MEDIA RELEASE
23 October 2017
132/2017

Census: younger Australians more likely to make a move


Younger Australians are the most likely to be on the move with one-third having lived at a different address in the year before Census night, latest insights reveal.

The new 2016 Census of Population and Housing data also recorded Queensland as the top destination for people moving from other states and territories.

Census Program Manger Bindi Kindermann said the latest information told an interesting story of which Australians were most likely to move house and to where.

“One-third of people aged between 20 and 29 in the Census and almost a quarter of those aged between 30 and 39 lived at a different address in 2016 than in 2015,” Ms Kindermann said.

Census data recorded that 83.3 per cent of Australians lived at the same address a year earlier, meaning 16.7 per cent had moved. These figures are similar to the 2011 Census when 84.1 per cent lived at the same address the previous year, while 15.9 per cent had moved.

“When it comes to where people are moving, there are some clear favourites,” Ms Kindermann said. “Queensland saw the highest number of interstate arrivals over the past five years with 220,000 people moving there.

“The sunshine state was the most common destination for people leaving New South Wales and the Northern Territory, while people leaving South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania most commonly moved to Victoria.

“In the year leading up to 2016 Census night, New South Wales and Victoria had the highest migration from overseas – key factors in the population growth in these states.

“Not only is it interesting to see where our fellow Australians are moving to and from, it is also really important information when it comes to planning for infrastructure and communities.”

Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats and Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.

Data from the 2016 Census is now available on the ABS website, www.abs.gov.au/census.

Note: The information only reflects movements which coincide with specific points in time (1 and 5 years), even though there may have been multiple movements during this period.

The ABS releases population estimates quarterly as part of its Australian Demographic Statistics publication (cat. no 3101.0). Please refer to this product for the latest Estimated Resident Population figures.


MIGRATION


Place of Usual Residence one year ago (all persons, excluding persons aged under one year)
2016
2011

Same Address
17,659,090 (83.3%)
16,946,446 (84.1%)
Elsewhere in Australia
3,136,675 (14.8%)
2,891,687 (14.4%)
Overseas
399,618 (1.9%)
312,203 (1.5%)



Place of Usual Residence five years ago (all persons, excluding persons aged under five years)
2016
2011

Same Address
11,503,553 (56.6%)
11,009,843 (58.3%)
Elsewhere in Australia
7,442,764 (36.6%)
6,670,261 (35.3%)
Overseas
1,379,053 (6.8%)
1,200,437 (6.4%)



Current residents who lived at a different address – by Age group
1 year ago
5 years ago

People
Percent of population
People
Percent of population

20-29 years
1,000,615
33.9%
1,999,633
67.2%
30-39 years
697,476
23.4%
1,966,893
65.1%
40-49 years
385,526
13.3%
1,236,724
42.0%
50-59 years
259,624
9.6%
807,038
29.1%
60-69 years
175,484
7.8%
552,048
24.0%
70-79 years
79,743
5.8%
262,135
18.7%
80 years and over
57,420
7.0%
170,114
20.9%

* Includes people who lived at a different address within the state, lived interstate or lived overseas
* Excludes “Not Stated”, “Not Applicable” and Overseas Visitors


Current residents who lived at a different address – by State
1 year ago
5 years ago

People
Percent of population
People
Percent of population

New South Wales
1,070,271
15.8%
2,734,848
42.0%
Victoria
860,618
16.0%
2,162,553
41.8%
Queensland
813,045
19.2%
1,942,926
47.8%
South Australia
221,485
14.4%
566,335
38.3%
Western Australia
393,496
17.7%
990,739
46.6%
Tasmania
66,816
14.5%
168,282
37.8%
Northern Territory
42,802
22.0%
88,928
48.5%
Australian Capital Territory
67,174
18.6%
166,068
47.7%

* Includes people who lived at a different address within the state, lived interstate or lived overseas
* Excludes “Not Stated”, “Not Applicable” and Overseas Visitors


Current residents who lived interstate – by State
1 year ago
5 years ago

New South Wales
74,240
191,663
Victoria
67,260
174,845
Queensland
77,126
220,313
South Australia
17,940
51,222
Western Australia
22,787
78,318
Tasmania
11,006
29,076
Northern Territory
13,048
32,086
Australian Capital Territory
17,271
47,881

* Includes Other Territories


Current residents who lived overseas – by State
1 year ago
5 years ago

New South Wales
136,936
451,634
Victoria
115,384
392,145
Queensland
66,975
228,095
South Australia
21,779
75,383
Western Australia
40,940
175,956
Tasmania
3,992
12,229
Northern Territory
4,099
14,102
Australian Capital Territory
9,444
29,324



Interstate migration – different usual address from one year prior to Census
Current Address

NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
TAS
NT
ACT

Address One Year AgoNSW
-
23,825
36,379
4,535
5,642
2,480
2,451
9,615
VIC
18,786
-
16,609
4,645
5,250
2,744
2,285
2,494
QLD
28,877
17,447
-
3,829
6,379
3,045
4,311
2,594
SA
5,057
7,609
5,302
-
2,243
688
1,459
832
WA
8,443
9,494
8,301
2,151
-
1,462
2,078
1,001
TAS
1,678
3,062
2,676
512
856
-
183
267
NT
2,774
2,866
4,995
1,726
1,829
373
-
434
ACT
8,482
2,884
2,785
529
494
207
271
-