Where do households move over a lifetime?

Australian households have different housing requirements at different times in their lives. Household migration patterns within Australia reflect the various drivers of migration including employment, study, housing affordability and even retirement.

The ABS records the internal migration patterns within Australia using people’s change of address as registered with Medicare, and presents the information for land areas that approximate local government areas. The latest available data to include local government area migration is for 2015-16. It does not include people who apply for their first Medicare card number (i.e. new born babies and new international migrants) or people who cease to have a Medicare card number (i.e. people who permanently migrate overseas or who die).

Examining this ABS data brings to light a nuanced story of different households moving to specific areas at different times in their lives.

15–24 age group migration: inner-city aspirationals and early-nesters

By considering some of the common migration patterns outlined above, two divergent migration groups within the 15-24 age group could be suggested: the first group are ‘inner-city aspirationals’, possibly made up of young workers and students, moving to inner city suburbs (labelled M for ‘metropolitan’ in the tables), while the second group are ‘early-nesters’ (potentially young couples and families moving to outer suburbs (labelled MFR for ‘metropolitan fringe’) and regional city areas (labelled RC).

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Source: AHURI