8710.3.55.001 - Housing Motivations and Intentions, Queensland, 2004  
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1 This publication summarises results from the 2004 Queensland State Supplementary Survey, Housing Motivations and Intentions. The survey was conducted throughout Queensland during the two weeks commencing Monday 11 October 2004. The 2004 New South Wales State Supplementary Survey, Housing Choices was conducted at the same time.

2 The survey was conducted as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPS is a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings and non-private dwellings (hotels, motels, caravan parks, etc). Information was obtained from the occupants of the selected dwellings by specially trained interviewers.

3 For details of the design, scope and coverage of the MPS, readers should refer to Information paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, 2002 (cat. no. 6269.0), and any recent edition of the ABS publication, Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6203.0).

4 Unless specified otherwise, information is presented for the current dwelling.


5 Information was collected by either face to face or telephone interview from one responsible adult per household, who answered questions on behalf of the household. This survey was conducted using seven-eights of the full sample of private dwellings in Queensland that were included in the MPS and excluded:

  • members of the permanent defence forces;
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from the census and surveys;
  • overseas residents in Australia;
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependents) stationed in Australia;
  • private dwellings containing visitors only;
  • visitors to the household.

6 Residents of non-private dwellings that provide a communal type of accommodation such as hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for persons with disabilities), and inmates of prisons are excluded from the survey.

7 Information was sought from approximately 4,700 households, and of these about 4,300 (93%) responded.


8 The estimates in this publication relate to persons covered by the survey. Coverage rules are applied to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling and had only one chance of selection in the survey.


9 Estimates have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


10 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


11 The ABS produces a wide range of publications containing social and demographic statistics. Other publications which relate to this survey topic include:

  • Housing Choices, New South Wales, October 2004 (cat. no. 3240.1)
  • Population Mobility, Queensland, October 2000 (cat. no, 3237.3)
  • Population Mobility, Victoria, October 1999 (cat. no. 3237.2)
  • Housing Motivations and Intentions, Western Australia, October 1998 (cat. no. 8791.5)
  • Public Transport Usage and Migration Patterns, ACT, October 1998 (cat. no. 1365.8)