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3237.3 - Population Mobility, Queensland, Oct 2000  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/07/2001   
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BACKGROUND

This publication summarises the results of a survey on mobility of the population, conducted throughout Queensland during October 2000 as a supplement to the Monthly Population Survey.

Information was collected on persons who moved in the last three years, 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 and 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 persons who did not move in the last three years is also included.

For persons 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 persons born overseas.


FINDINGS

  • In October 2000 there were 1,078,500 persons in Queensland aged 18 years and over who had moved in the previous three years (41.4%) compared with 1,525,600 persons who had not moved (58.6%).
  • The most mobile age group was between 25 and 34 years, with 67.5% (358,400) having moved in the last three years. The percentage decreases steadily as age increases, with only 13.7% (51,200) of the 65 years and over age group having moved.
  • Just under three quarters (69.9% or 70,800) of unemployed persons were movers. This contrasts with 44.5% (740,500) of employed persons and 31.8% (267,200) of persons not in the labour force. Of all movers, 20.0% (215,900) identified better employment prospects as a consideration for moving.
  • Generally, persons with post-school qualifications were more likely to have moved than persons without such qualifications. For example, 55.2% (128,500) of persons with bachelor degrees had moved, compared with 38.4% (555,200) of those without post-secondary qualifications.
  • Of persons in group households, 80.3% (125,000) had moved. In contrast, this percentage ranged from 35.2% to 52.4% for persons in all other household types.
  • The most likely movers were persons living in a semidetached, row or terrace house, a town house etc. with 79.7% (143,500) having moved. Of those who lived in a flat/unit/apartment, 68.6% (133,800) moved in the last 3 years. Persons who lived in separate houses 35.9% (790,000) were the least likely to have moved. Of all movers 35.7% (385,300) considered the size of the yard when moving.
  • In the last three years, only 14.4% (114,800) of current home owners had moved. This compares with 74.9% (551,500) of renters and 38.3% (288,700) of purchasers.

1a - MOVERS AND NON-MOVERS(a), Selected Characteristics
NUMBER
PROPORTION
Movers
Non-movers
Total(b)
Movers
Non-movers
Total(b)
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%
Age group
18 - 24 years
220.4
129.7
350.1
63.0
37.0
100.0
25 - 34 years
358.4
172.4
530.8
67.5
32.5
100.0
35 - 44 years
226.6
315.0
541.7
41.8
58.2
100.0
45 - 54 years
142.5
342.3
484.7
29.4
70.6
100.0
55 - 64 years
79.3
244.2
323.5
24.5
75.5
100.0
65 years and over
51.2
322.1
373.3
13.7
86.3
100.0
Sex
Male
545.7
747.0
1,292.7
42.2
57.8
100.0
Female
532.7
778.7
1,311.4
40.6
59.4
100.0
Country of birth
Australia
811.6
1,207.5
2,019.2
40.2
59.8
100.0
Main English-speaking countries(c)
146.3
170.1
316.4
46.2
53.8
100.0
Other countries
120.6
148.0
268.6
44.9
55.1
100.0
Year of arrival
Before 1997
201.7
313.3
515.0
39.2
60.8
100.0
1997-2000
65.2
*4.8
70.0
93.1
*6.9
100.0
Not applicable(d)
811.6
1,207.5
2,019.2
40.2
59.8
100.0
Employment
Employed
740.5
922.4
1,662.9
44.5
55.5
100.0
Unemployed
70.8
30.5
101.3
69.9
30.1
100.0
Not in the labour force
267.2
572.7
840.0
31.8
68.2
100.0
Post-school qualifications(e)
Higher degree
15.1
27.3
42.4
35.7
64.3
100.0
Postgraduate diploma
21.1
23.9
45.1
46.9
53.1
100.0
Bachelor degree
128.5
104.2
232.7
55.2
44.8
100.0
Undergraduate diploma
28.4
53.6
81.9
34.6
65.4
100.0
Associate diploma
40.7
55.2
95.9
42.4
57.6
100.0
Skilled vocational qualifications
198.9
272.3
471.2
42.2
57.8
100.0
Basic vocational qualifications
87.9
94.6
182.4
48.2
51.8
100.0
Out of scope/not applicable(f)
555.2
889.9
1,445.0
38.4
61.6
100.0
Total for each characteristic(b)
1,078.5
1,525.6
2,604.1
41.4
58.6
100.0


* estimate has a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution.
(a) Movers are defined as persons who moved in the last 3 years.
(b) Total includes some 'not stated' responses.
(c) Main English-speaking countries (MES) include United Kingdom and Ireland, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, North America not defined and South Africa.
(d) Persons born in Australia.
(e) 'Uncodeable/inadequately described' and 'not stated' responses are only included in the total.
(f) 'Out of scope/not applicable' includes persons who have not completed any tertiary qualification or have no post secondary education.


1b - MOVERS AND NON-MOVERS(a), Selected Characteristics continued
NUMBER
PROPORTION
Movers
Non-movers
Total(b)
Movers
Non-movers
Total(b)
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%
Household type
Person living alone
99.2
154.1
253.3
39.2
60.8
100.0
Married couple only(c)
259.2
476.8
736.0
35.2
64.8
100.0
Married couple with children(c)
397.3
651.9
1,049.2
37.9
62.1
100.0
Single parent with children
79.8
104.9
184.7
43.2
56.8
100.0
Group households(d)
125.0
30.7
155.7
80.3
19.7
100.0
Other households
118.1
107.1
225.2
52.4
47.6
100.0
Current dwelling structure
Separate house
790.0
1,413.5
2,203.5
35.9
64.1
100.0
Semidetached, row or terrace house, town house, etc.
143.5
36.5
180.0
79.7
20.3
100.0
Flat/unit/apartment
133.8
61.2
195.0
68.6
31.4
100.0
Other dwelling
11.1
14.4
25.6
43.6
56.4
100.0
Current tenure type
Owner
114.8
683.8
798.6
14.4
85.6
100.0
Purchaser
288.7
464.3
753.0
38.3
61.7
100.0
Renter
551.5
184.7
736.2
74.9
25.1
100.0
Boarder
15.7
**2.6
18.3
85.8
**14.2
100.0
Rent-free
96.3
174.2
270.5
35.6
64.4
100.0
Other(e)
10.9
14.1
25.0
43.7
56.3
100.0
Current area of usual residence
Brisbane Major Statistical Region
484.4
718.0
1,202.4
40.3
59.7
100.0
Balance of Queensland Major Statistical Region
594.1
807.7
1,401.7
42.4
57.6
100.0
Total for each characteristic(b)
1,078.5
1,525.6
2,604.1
41.4
58.6
100.0



** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.
(a) Movers are defined as persons who moved in the last 3 years.
(b) Total includes some 'not stated' responses.
(c) Married Couple includes persons who are in a de facto relationship.
(d) Person living with non-relatives only.
(e) Other includes persons who responded 'life tenant' and 'participant of rent/buy (or shared equity) scheme' responses.


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