According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than ever before, young Australians are living longer with their parents. The ABS has also revealed that more young Australians are working on a casual basis and they’re also more likely to move across the country than any other generation.
In 2006, almost one in four people aged 20–34 were living with their parents and almost half of those who leave before their mid-30s return home at least once, usually within three years. Money issues were a common reason young people stayed home, but many also said they enjoyed living at home and it was convenient.
One in four workers are casual employees and casuals tend to be young, with 40% of them aged 15-24,
and their earnings and hours are more likely to vary from pay to pay than is the case for other employees.
When today’s young people do make the decision to leave home, they are more likely than previous generations to move to a new city or region of the country. South east Queensland and south west Western Australia were the most popular destinations, with Brisbane, Gold Coast-Tweed and the Sunshine Coast being popular choices. The movers tended to be younger than the rest of the population, with 40% of them aged 20-39.
More details on these topics, and an article on student achievement in maths and science, are available
in the June edition of Australian Social Trends – a free download from the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)