NET INTERSTATE MIGRATION, 2009-10
All states and territories experienced a significant change in interstate migration when 2008-09 and 2009-10 were compared. Of all states and territories, Queensland continued to record the largest net gain in interstate migration in 2009-10 (9,600 persons). However, this net gain was distinctly smaller than net gains in previous years. The net gain in 2009-10 was nearly 50% lower than the 2008-09 net gain (18,400 persons) and 75% lower than the 10 year peak gain of 38,000 persons in 2002-03.
In 2009-10, net gains were also recorded by Victoria (2,600 persons), Western Australia (2,000 persons) and Tasmania (320 persons). For Victoria, the net gain was up 700 persons from the previous year while Western Australian's net gain was down 4,800 persons from the previous year. Tasmania continued its recent positive net interstate migration in 2009-10 (320 persons) but it was considerably less than the peak net gain of 2,600 persons in 2003-04.
New South Wales continued to record the largest net loss of all states and territories due to NIM in 2009-10 (10,500 persons). However, the loss of people from NIM was less than at any time during the last 10 years. The loss in 2009-10 was slightly more than half the loss from the previous year and roughly two-thirds down on the 10 year peak loss of 32,500 in 2002-03. In 2009-10, a net loss was recorded by South Australia (3,000 persons), continuing the series of losses over the 10 year period. The Australian Capital Territory also recorded a NIM loss (70 persons) although this was less than the 2008-09 loss of 820 persons.