Australian Bureau of Statistics
3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration
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POPULATION TURNOVER, 2009-10
Another way of looking at interstate migration is to assess how effective migration has been in redistributing the population. This method, known as the migration effectiveness ratio (MER), compares the total net gain or loss to the gross moves and is expressed as a percentage (Bell, 1995)(footnote 1) . Table 5.5 shows that in 2009-10, Queensland had the highest MER (5.9%), gaining 6 persons for every 100 interstate moves in or out of Queensland. South Australia and New South Wales also recorded a high MER albeit negative (-6.7% and -6.0% respectively). This indicates that both states each lost 7 to 6 persons for every 100 interstate moves. The comparative figures for 2008-09 were losses of 10 persons each for South Australia and New South Wales.
Both the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory (each with similar numbers of arrivals and departures) demonstrate that high population turnover does not necessarily lead to population redistribution at the territory level. While the Northern Territory's population turnover was 14%, it lost around three persons for every 100 interstate moves in or out of the territory for 2009-10. Similarly, the Australian Capital Territory with a population turnover of 10%, recorded a minimum loss (less than one person) for every 100 movements in or out of the territory for the year.
1 Bell, M. 1995, Internal Migration in Australia 1986–91: overview report, Bureau of Immigration Multicultural and Population Research, Canberra, p109.<back
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