3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2014-15 Quality Declaration 
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REGIONAL INTERNAL MIGRATION

Regional internal migration is the movement of people from one region to another within Australia (both interstate and intrastate). Net regional internal migration is the net gain or loss of population through this movement.

This product provides annual regional internal migration estimates based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Datasets attached to this product provide summaries of this data for the years ending 30 June 2007 to 2015, and include data by migration type (arrivals, departures and net moves), age, sex, and various sub-state geographies.

The following commentary provides an analysis of 2014-15 data at three geographic levels: Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA), Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3).


CAPITAL CITIES

Melbourne had the highest net internal migration gains of all Greater Capital Cities in 2014-15 (6,600 people), ahead of Brisbane (4,000), Hobart (330) and Perth (250).

The Victorian capital recorded net migration gains in the 15-24 year old (5,300 people) and 25-44 year old (4,500) age groups. Most arrivals into Melbourne came from the Rest of Victoria (23,000) and Sydney (11,500).

Brisbane had net gains in the following age groups: 0-14 years (770 people); 15-24 years (2,800); 25-44 years (740) and 65 years and over (80). Over half of arrivals into Brisbane came from Rest of Queensland (36,700), while Sydney and Rest of New South Wales each accounted for 8,500 arrivals.

Sydney had the highest net losses of all Greater Capital Cities in 2014-15 (-15,900 people), followed by Adelaide (-3,600) and Darwin (-950). Sydney lost most people to the Rest of New South Wales (37,200) and Melbourne (11,500). Compared to other Greater Capital Cities, Sydney recorded the highest net losses across all age groups, except for 15-24 year olds, where it recorded a net gain of 1,300 people.

Graph Image for Net regional migration, Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, 2014-15

Source(s): Migration, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3412.0)


OTHER REGIONS

Melbourne - West had the highest net migration gain of all SA4s in Australia in 2014-15 (5,000 people). This area encompasses Melbourne's fastest growing suburbs such as Truganina, Tarneit, Laverton and Point Cook. Net migration gains in Melbourne - West occurred across all age groups, particularly those aged 25-44 years (3,100) and 15-24 year olds (1,300). Most arrivals into Melbourne - West came from the adjoining SA4s of Melbourne - Inner (6,600 people) and Melbourne - North West (3,500).

Other SA4s to record relatively high gains in 2014-15 included Queensland's Sunshine Coast (4,700 people) and Gold Coast (4,600).

Sydney - Inner South West had the highest net migration loss of all SA4s in Australia in 2014-15 (-8,000 people), with net losses occurring across all age groups. Sydney - Inner South West lost most people to the neighbouring SA4s of Sydney - Parramatta (-4,000), Sydney - South West (-3,800) and Sydney - Sutherland (-2,900).

Other SA4s with relatively high net migration losses include Sydney - Parramatta (-4,700 people), Western Australia - Outback (-3,800), Sydney - Inner West (-3,700) and Brisbane - South (-3,400).

SA4s WITH HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS AND LOSSES, BY AGE, 2014-15

AGE GROUP
0-14 years
15-24 years
25-44 years
45-64 years
65+ years
Total
National rank & SA4
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS

1Melbourne - West
461
1 267
3 127
114
69
5 038
2Sunshine Coast
1 505
-537
1 458
1 852
454
4 732
3Gold Coast
1 561
535
1 068
1 140
306
4 610
4Moreton Bay - South
809
659
1 840
-14
130
3 424
5Geelong
670
280
655
796
427
2 828

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION LOSSES

1Sydney - Inner South West
-2 412
-816
-2 658
-1 422
-684
-7 992
2Sydney - Parramatta
-2 147
153
-1 903
-763
-68
-4 728
3Western Australian - Outback
-1 099
-812
-1 220
-704
-9
-3 844
4Sydney - Inner West
-1 246
281
-2 089
-656
-34
-3 744
5Brisbane - South
-754
-29
-1 839
-904
124
-3 402


Wyndham in Melbourne's west had the highest net migration gain of all SA3s in Australia in 2014-15 (4,900 people). It was one of a number of SA3s in Melbourne's outer suburban fringe to have comparatively high net migration growth. These included Whittlesea - Wallan (4,100), Casey - South (4,000) and Melton - Bacchus Marsh (3,300) in Melbourne's north-east, south-east and west respectively.

The SA3s with the highest net losses in 2014-15 were Canterbury (-3,300 people) in Sydney's inner south-west, Strathfield - Burwood - Ashfield and Fairfield (both -3,100) in Sydney's inner-west and south-west respectively, and Monash (-2,600) in Melbourne's south-east.

SA3s WITH HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS AND LOSSES, BY MIGRATION TYPE, 2014-15

National rank & SA3SA4
ARRIVALS

no.
DEPARTURES

no.
NET

no.

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS

1 WyndhamMelbourne - West
16 188
11 277
4 911
2 Whittlesea - WallanMelbourne - North East
12 914
8 781
4 133
3 Casey - SouthMelbourne - South East
15 057
11 010
4 047
4 Melton - Bacchus MarshMelbourne - West
10 934
7 663
3 271
5 Ormeau - OxenfordGold Coast
13 329
10 085
3 244
6 GungahlinAustralian Capital Territory
8 614
5 436
3 178
7 North LakesMoreton Bay - South
8 922
5 825
3 097
8 CardiniaMelbourne - South East
8 327
5 658
2 669
9 SwanPerth - North East
11 908
9 538
2 370
10 ArmadalePerth - South East
8 501
6 288
2 213

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION LOSSES

1 CanterburySydney - Inner South West
8 267
11 558
-3 291
2 Strathfield - Burwood - AshfieldSydney - Inner West
10 717
13 833
-3 116
3 FairfieldSydney - South West
8 621
11 715
-3 094
4 MonashMelbourne - South East
10 949
13 543
-2 594
5 DandenongMelbourne - South East
10 951
13 255
-2 304
6 CanningPerth - South East
8 275
10 474
-2 199
7 BrimbankMelbourne - West
10 612
12 807
-2 195
8 StirlingPerth - North West
15 635
17 769
-2 134
9 TuggeranongAustralian Capital Territory
4 936
6 989
-2 053
10 Merrylands - GuildfordSydney - Parramatta
11 602
13 588
-1 986