Ncls Research

Housing and Moving House

See pages 22 and 23 of your
Community Social Profile

Explore housing types and patterns of moving house in your community, in your CSP. You can Share this with others, Engage this with reflective questions, Dig Deeper into background research and national trends or Apply this to your setting with worksheets and workshops. Choose an option to suit you.






Download your CSP and share
Churches can download a copy of their CSP, using their Admin Key on the NCLS website. The pdf file can be saved, emailed, uploaded, or a selection of pages can be printed from it.

Screen shots for power point and newsletters
Using a pdf version of your CSP, you can use the “Take a Snapshot” edit function in Adobe Acrobat Reader, to copy a section and paste it into a document or a power point presentation.

Questions to ask about Types of Housing in your Community
• What do you see as the most significant information for your church?
• What does the ratio of home renting purchasing/ownership tell you about your local community? How does this fit in with the activities of your church?
• Has there been any change in tenure type or dwelling type over the last five years? Why do you think this is so?
• Which of these tenure types or dwelling types is the most distinctive for your area? How do your church activities relate to the people who live in these situations?

Questions to ask about Moving House (Residential Mobility) in your Community
• What is the level of mobility in your community? Is it a stable area or is there a high turnover of residents? How might this affect your church outreach programs?
• What are some of the ways that new arrivals into your community are made welcome and helped to integrate? 

Prepare a report on your CSP
You might like to use the questions above or Worksheet 5 in your Workbook to summarise key points, to share with others in your church or community.

About Types of Housing
Your Community Social Profile tells you about the households in your local community. The information points to security of tenure, the type of housing and the patterns of moving house.

Things to look for
Renting is a less secure form of housing tenure, while areas with high levels of home-owners are often more stable allowing longer term connections to be made.

You can also see how many people moved house in the past year or the past five years. The rate of residential mobility can be important. Some areas have a high turnover of people, and even those that we might regard as stable still have considerable numbers of people moving into and out of the area. Recent arrivals may know little about our community, its institutions and its history and may be more open to new local connections your church or organisation can provide.

National trends
In 2009-10, 24% of households were renting. Some 33% of households owned their home outright and 36% were purchasing their home*.

Between 2006 and 2011, 41.7% of people aged 5 years and over had changed their residence. (This compares to 43.1% who changed residence between 2006 and 2001).  Of the 7.6 million people (or 41.7%) who moved house in the past five years, 4.6 million moved locally, and 3 million were ‘new residents’.  This group are made up of 1.8 million new residents who moved from a different area in Australia and 1.2 million new residents who were overseas in 2006.  The main difference between 2011 and 2006 was an increase in new residents who had previously lived overseas (from 0.8 million in 2006 to 1.2 million in 2011).**

*4130.0 Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2009-10
** Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2013, Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, 2012–2013, Catalogue Number 2071.0

See the Community Social Profile Guide* for more information, including Technical Notes and how to understand Tables, Maps and Graphs.

Tip sheets- how to use the CSP to inform a ministry to New Residents
Download New Residents Ministry Tip Sheet

Workshop processes to walk through your CSP
There is a variety of Workshop Processes in your Workbook to plan effective ways to improve your connections to the wider community.

Worksheets for use
A selection of Worksheets are available in your Workbook to use alongside your CSP, to look at your community, chart connections and apply the information.


The CSP, Workbook and Guide can be accessed online by those churches who purchase their Community Connections Pack. Enter your Admin Key under "Administer Your Church". Your Admin Key was included on the cover letter in your Pack.


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