3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
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Australians of the move

Frequency of moves

In 2007-08, 43% of Australians reported moving in the previous five years. During this period, 19% of Australians moved once, 8% moved twice and 15% moved three or more times. In the year prior to the survey, 16% of Australians moved at least once.

Main reasons for last move

There are many factors which influence why people move and the frequency with which they do so. Australians may choose to change their housing at particular points in their life cycle, for example, due to leaving the family home, studying, partnering, purchasing a home, having children or retirement. What is suitable housing at one stage of people's lives may not meet their needs at another.

The most common reasons for moving included wanting a bigger or better home (15%) and purchasing a home (14%) - see Figure 7.1.

7.1 Housing Mobility, By main reason for last move - Australia - 2007-08
Graph: 7.1 Housing Mobility, By main reason for last move—Australia—2007–08

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