3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2015-16 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 2016, and include data by migration type (arrivals, departures and net moves), age, sex, and various sub-state geographies.

The following commentary analyses 2015-16 data at three geographic levels: Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA), Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3).


CAPITAL CITIES

Brisbane had the highest net internal migration gain of all Greater Capital Cities in 2015-16 (10,100 people), ahead of Melbourne (8,300) and Hobart (400).

The Queensland capital recorded the largest net migration gains in the 15-24 year old (4,200 people), 25-44 year old (2,700) and 0-14 year old (2,600) age groups. Most arrivals into Brisbane came from Rest of Queensland (42,100), Sydney (9,900) and Rest of New South Wales (9,200).

Melbourne had net gains in the 0-14 year old (690 people), 15-24 year old (4,900) and 25-44 year old (6,200) age groups. Most arrivals into Melbourne came from Rest of Victoria (24,200) and Sydney (13,700).

Sydney had the highest net loss of all Greater Capital Cities in 2015-16 (-23,200 people), followed by Adelaide (-6,100), Perth (-3,300), Darwin (-1,200) and the Australian Capital Territory (-180). Sydney lost most people to Rest of New South Wales (41,300) and Melbourne (13,700). 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 1,000 people.

Graph Image for Net regional migration, Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, Australia, 2015-16

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




OTHER REGIONS

Gold Coast had the highest net migration gain of all SA4s in Australia in 2015-16 (6,400 people). Net migration gains in Gold Coast occurred across all age groups, particularly those aged 0-14 years (2,100), 25-44 years (1,700) and 45-64 year olds (1,500). Most arrivals into Gold Coast came from the adjoining SA4s of Logan - Beaudesert (4,500 people) in Queensland and Richmond - Tweed (2,500) in New South Wales.

Other SA4s to record relatively high gains in 2015-16 included Queensland's Sunshine Coast (6,200 people) and Melbourne - West (5,500), which encompasses some of Melbourne's fastest growing suburbs such as Point Cook, Tarneit, Truganina and Laverton.

Sydney - Inner South West had the highest net migration loss of all SA4s in Australia in 2015-16 (-8,700 people), with net losses occurring across all age groups. In net terms, Sydney - Inner South West lost most people to the neighbouring SA4s of Sydney - South West (-4,500 people), Sydney - Parramatta (-3,700) and Sydney - Sutherland (-2,900).

Other SA4s with relatively high net migration losses include Sydney - Parramatta (-6,300 people), Western Australia - Outback (-4,400) and Perth - North West (-4,100).

SA4s WITH HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS AND LOSSES, BY AGE, 2015-16

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

1Gold Coast
2 056
455
1 688
1 529
700
6 428
2Sunshine Coast
1 692
-308
2 001
2 362
453
6 200
3Melbourne - West
707
989
3 769
209
-183
5 491
4Geelong
1 046
469
1 133
928
640
4 216
5Moreton Bay - South
939
898
2 180
-36
10
3 991

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION LOSSES

1Sydney - Inner South West
-2 743
-803
-2 999
-1 609
-593
-8 747
2Sydney - Parramatta
-2 656
-108
-2 462
-937
-145
-6 308
3Western Australian - Outback
-1 258
-905
-1 522
-773
35
-4 423
4Perth - North West
-1 070
-565
-1 417
-1 019
-52
-4 123
5Perth - South East
-907
-24
-2 122
-795
-9
-3 857

Ormeau - Oxenford on the Gold Coast had the highest net migration gain of all SA3s in Australia in 2015-16 (5,300 people). Other SA3s with comparatively high net migration gains included areas in Melbourne's outer suburban fringe, such as Wyndham (5,200) in the west, Whittlesea - Wallan (4,700) in the north-east and Casey - South (4,500) in the south-east.

The SA3s with the highest net losses in 2015-16 were Dandenong (-3,600 people) in Melbourne's south-east, Canterbury (-3,400) in Sydney's inner south-west and Stirling (-3,100) in Perth's north-west.

SA3s WITH HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS AND LOSSES, BY MIGRATION TYPE, 2015-16

National rank & SA3SA4
ARRIVALS

no.
DEPARTURES

no.
NET

no.

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS

1 Ormeau - OxenfordGold Coast
16 216
10 917
5 299
2 WyndhamMelbourne - West
18 014
12 831
5 183
3 Whittlesea - WallanMelbourne - North East
14 870
10 169
4 701
4 Casey - SouthMelbourne - South East
16 510
12 039
4 471
5 North LakesMoreton Bay - South
10 051
6 653
3 398
6 CardiniaMelbourne - South East
9 524
6 131
3 393
7 Melton - Bacchus MarshMelbourne - West
11 911
8 519
3 392
8 SwanPerth - North East
13 225
10 173
3 052
9 Bringelly - Green ValleySydney - South West
10 413
7 411
3 002
10 GungahlinAustralian Capital Territory
8 464
6 142
2 322

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION LOSSES

1 DandenongMelbourne - South East
11 352
14 917
-3 565
2 CanterburySydney - Inner South West
8 494
11 938
-3 444
3 StirlingPerth - North West
15 800
18 930
-3 130
4 Strathfield - Burwood - AshfieldSydney - Inner West
11 189
14 172
-2 983
5 ParramattaSydney - Parramatta
12 570
15 505
-2 935
6 FairfieldSydney - South West
9 000
11 916
-2 916
7 MonashMelbourne - South East
11 935
14 699
-2 764
8 JoondalupPerth - North West
9 878
12 628
-2 750
9 CanningPerth - South East
8 390
10 921
-2 531
10 Eastern Suburbs - SouthSydney - Eastern Suburbs
9 443
11 713
-2 270