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Canberra Region Joint Organisation areaPopulation forecast

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

Net migration by age

The age group with the highest net migration in the Canberra Region Joint Organisation area is 35-39 year olds, this is forecast to occur in the period between 2026 to 2031.

Migration is one of the most important components of population change. Once you have established the amount of development activity in an area, the next step is to make assumptions about who will move into the area as well as who is leaving the area.

Net migration by age is an excellent way of understanding housing markets. The most mobile age groups in the population are young adults. They tend to move to attend educational institutions, seek work and express a change in lifestyle. Market research has shown that empty nesters are more likely to move to smaller accommodation when appropriate and affordable alternative housing is supplied in the local area that is accessible to established social networks.

Select each small area to see how migration patterns differ for each area across Canberra Region Joint Organisation area depending on their housing markets and stage in the suburb life cycle.

Migration assumptions influenced by:

  • A gain of young and established families aged 25-44 years old with children aged 0-9 years
  • Loss of young adults aged 18-24 years who leave the area in search of education and employment opportunities elsewhere
  • Gain of mature adults, empty nesters and early retirees aged 45-64 years representing 'tree-changers', those downsizing their housing as their households become smaller and those who seek a rural lifestyle
  • Slight loss of retirees and the elderly aged over 65 years who may be migrating closer to urban centres and medical care/aged care facilities

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