3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2016-17 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.

The following commentary analyses regional internal migration estimates for 2016-17 as released in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2016-17 (cat. no. 3218.0). It discusses data at the following geographic levels as defined in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard: Greater Capital City Statistical Area and Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4).

CAPITAL CITIES

Brisbane had the highest net internal migration gain of all Greater Capital Cities in 2016-17 (12,000 people), ahead of Melbourne (9,200), Hobart (880) and the Australian Capital Territory (660).

Most arrivals into Brisbane came from Rest of Queensland (37,200), Sydney (10,600) and Rest of New South Wales (9,500).

Melbourne received the most arrivals from Rest of Victoria (22,800), Sydney (14,400) and Perth (7,900).

Sydney had the highest net loss of all Greater Capital Cities in 2016-17 (-18,100 people), followed by Perth (-6,900), Adelaide (-5,500) and Darwin (-1,900). Most people departed Sydney for Rest of New South Wales (40,000), Melbourne (14,400) and Rest of Queensland (12,700).

5.1 NET REGIONAL INTERNAL MIGRATION, GREATER CAPITAL CITY STATISTICAL AREAS - 2016-17

Graph: NET REGIONAL INTERNAL MIGRATION, GREATER CAPITAL CITY STATISTICAL AREAS - 2016-17



OTHER REGIONS

Gold Coast had the highest net migration gain of all SA4s in Australia in 2016-17 (7,100 people) with most net gains coming from the adjoining SA4s of Logan - Beaudesert (2,700 people) in Queensland and Richmond - Tweed (2,300) in New South Wales.

Other SA4s to record relatively high net gains in 2016-17 included Queensland's Sunshine Coast (6,100 people) and Melbourne - West (6,100), which encompasses some of Melbourne's largest growing suburbs such as Tarneit, Truganina and Melton South.

Sydney - Inner South West had the highest net migration loss of all SA4s in Australia in 2016-17 (-6,400 people). In net terms, Sydney - Inner South West lost most people to the neighbouring SA4s of Sydney - South West (-4,100 people), Sydney - Parramatta (-3,400) and Sydney - Outer South West (-2,500).

Other SA4s with relatively high net migration losses included Sydney - Eastern Suburbs (-4,900 people), Sydney - Parramatta (-4,600) and Perth - North West (-3,700).

The following table shows the SA4s with the highest net gains and losses, broken down into arrivals and departures.


5.2 HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS AND LOSSES, SA4 - 2016-17

Arrivals
Departures
Net
SA4
no.
no.
no.

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS
Gold Coast
31 196
24 119
7 077
Sunshine Coast
21 661
15 535
6 126
Melbourne - West
34 716
28 599
6 117
Geelong
13 331
9 059
4 272
Ipswich
21 992
18 270
3 722

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION LOSSES
Sydney - Inner South West
23 198
29 605
-6 407
Sydney - Eastern Suburbs
13 289
18 149
-4 860
Sydney - Parramatta
26 555
31 109
-4 554
Perth - North West
21 639
25 345
-3 706
Sydney - Inner West
18 322
21 875
-3 553