2011 migration patterns across Australia indicate, 51.2% of residents did not move in 5 years, 36.6% moved, while 6.6% were aged under 5, and 5.6% did not state their movement.
Migration, or residential mobility, together with births and deaths are significant components of population change in Australia. The movement of people into, and out of an area directly influences the characteristics of the population and the demand for services and facilities. Migration is the most volatile component of population change and can be affected by changing housing and economic opportunities such as housing affordability issues or the mining boom.
There are three main types of migration in Australia, overseas migration, between-state migration, and within-state migration. By far the most common form of migration is within-state, and largely involves moves between neighbouring and existing urban areas where moves are often short.
Looking at the level and type of migration in the EMRC area can indicate whether the population is sedentary and likely to be in the area for a long time (and perhaps have significant ties to the community), or transient, and likely to move on. Related topics which can be viewed to get a clearer picture of population mobility include Age Structure and Housing Tenure.
Derived from the Census questions:
'Where does the person usually live?' and 'Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 9 August 2006)'.
|Previous residential location of current residents in 2011|
|Residents who did NOT move between 2006 and 2011||157,959||51.0||1|
|Total residents who moved between 2006 and 2011||111,059||35.9||1.5|
|Residents who had moved within the EMRC area between 2006 and 2011||45,982||14.9||2|
|Residents who moved from another part of Western Australia||35,708||11.5||3.5|
|Residents who moved from another part of Australia||7,747||2.5||4|
|Residents who moved from another country||20,285||6.6||5|
|Residents who moved from an unknown area||774||0.3||6|
|Not stated - Didn't state whether or not moved||19,771||6.4||8|
|Not applicable - Births between 2006 and 2011||20,644||6.7||9|
|Total 2011 usual resident population||309,433||100.0|