In 2010 7 million adults aged 18 years and over (42%) moved in the five years prior to the survey, compared to the 43% of adults who reported moving in the five years prior to the 2006 survey. Many factors influence a person's propensity and reasons to move. The younger age groups were more likely to have moved than were older age groups (72% of 25 to 34 year olds had moved compared to 16% of those aged 85 years or more - table 2). People renting through private landlords were much more mobile than the population on average (83% of such renters had moved- table 11), as were unemployed people (62% had moved - table 10). The states or territories with a higher mobile population, compared to the national average, were the Northern Territory (54%, although this measure excludes very remote areas); Queensland (49%); and Western Australia (45%) (table 6). Adults who reported poor health were less likely (33%) to have moved in the previous 5 years (table 15).
Overall, the most common main reason for moving was housing related (49% of movers), followed by family reasons (26%). When reporting all reasons for the latest move, the common types of housing reasons were wanting a bigger/better home (18% of movers) and purchasing own home (15%). Other reasons reported by people who have moved included: lifestyle change; migration to and within Australia; and issues with their previous neighbourhood (table 38).