Net interstate migration, 2008-09
During 2008-09, there were 359,900 movements of people interstate, a similar number of movements to those recorded in the previous year (360,800 persons). Table 6.2 shows that while Queensland continued to record a large net gain (18,400 persons in 2008-09), this was down by 52% from the 10 year peak gain of 38,000 persons in 2002-03.
In 2008-09, net gains were also recorded by Western Australia (4,800 persons), the Northern Territory (750 persons), Victoria (700 persons) and Tasmania (670 persons). For Victoria this was the first net gain after six consecutive years of net losses.
New South Wales continued to record the largest net loss due to NIM, 19,800 persons in 2008-09 down from the 10 year peak loss of 32,500 in 2002-03. In 2008-09, net losses continued to be recorded by South Australia (4,700 persons) and the Australian Capital Territory (820 persons).