Mainly economic reasons made people move within their region between 2005 and 2007. These reasons included moving from a rental property into own purchased dwelling, expiry of a rental lease rental or notice being given by a landlord. These types of economic motivations were particularly important when people had lived at their previous residence for less than 10 years – peaking when they had lived at their previous residence between one and three years. When length of stay at the previous residence was 10 years or more, people tended to state having sold the dwelling as the main motivator to move from their home.
Social reasons for moving from previous residence were important both for people who moved within their region and for people who moved to other regions. However, the types of social reasons were quite different. When people had lived at the previous residence for less than 10 years, it was commonly the desire to set up home independently and to move to live with a partner that made people want to move to another residence within their region. On the other hand, when people had lived at their home for three years or more, breakdown of relationship or marriage was often the main cause for moving. In fact, when they had lived at their previous residence for 10 years or more, it was the most common social reason for moving. Wanting to live closer to family dominated the social reasons why people moved from a residence in another region.
People who moved within the region were also driven by housing factors. These became increasingly important when people had lived longer at their previous residence. When the stay was less than 10 years, the housing reasons were nearly always characterised by the previous dwelling being too small. If people had lived at their previous residence for 10 years or more, then the previous dwelling being too large became an equally important reason for moving, indicating that as people get older or have lived longer in their homes, their housing needs changed. Housing factors were not a reason people moved to another region.
Among people who had moved to another region, it was mainly employment or work related reasons, followed by social reasons, that made people move away from the region of their previous residence. In particular, people who moved to another region were prompted by the start of a new job and, relatively speaking, this became the most frequent reason as people got older and had lived longer at their previous residence. These reasons were prevalent among workers who belonged to one of the three top occupation groups, namely legislators, administrators and managers, professionals, or technicians and associated professionals.