3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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POPULATION FLOWS, 2009-10

The most popular destination for Australians moving interstate continued to be Queensland which received the largest number of arrivals during 2009-10 (86,400 persons). The next largest arrivals occurred in New South Wales followed by Victoria, with 83,000 and 63,100 arrivals respectively. The most common moves were between these three eastern states accounting for 47% of all interstate moves.

5.3 INTERSTATE MIGRATION FLOWS - 2009-10(a)

Departures from:
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Total arrivals(b)

Arrivals to:
NSW
. .
20 088
35 355
4 989
7 525
2 118
2 969
9 938
82 982
Vic.
22 686
. .
17 594
6 544
8 109
3 185
2 451
2 527
63 096
Qld
42 044
18 605
. .
5 823
8 295
3 193
5 208
3 237
86 405
SA
4 628
5 552
4 548
. .
2 458
634
2 257
624
20 701
WA
8 297
8 422
8 696
2 849
. .
1 443
2 605
879
33 191
Tas.
2 405
2 731
3 341
691
1 660
. .
419
260
11 507
NT
3 320
2 783
4 482
2 007
2 284
315
. .
471
15 662
ACT
10 142
2 360
2 813
762
898
297
595
. .
17 867
Total departures(b)
93 522
60 541
76 829
23 665
31 229
11 185
16 504
17 936
331 411
Net
-10 540
2 555
9 576
-2 964
1 962
322
-842
-69
. .

. . not applicable
(a) Estimates for 2009-10 are preliminary - see paragraphs 9-10 of the Explanatory Notes.
(b) Excludes Other Territories - see paragraphs 55-56 of the Explanatory Notes.


Table 5.3 shows that the most prevalent moves were from New South Wales to Queensland (42,000 persons). The counter flows from Queensland to New South Wales were the second largest (35,400 persons), followed by the flows from New South Wales to Victoria (22,700 persons) and Victoria to New South Wales (20,100 persons). In terms of net flows, Queensland gained the highest number of interstate movers from New South Wales with 6,700 persons. The next highest gain was Victoria from New South Wales with 2,600 persons. With the exceptions of Western Australia and Tasmania, all states and territories had higher flows to Queensland than from Queensland.

Flows of people between the mainland eastern states were larger than those between the other states and territories. Queensland, being the main beneficiary from interstate migration, was the prime destination for people departing from Western Australia (8,300 persons), the Northern Territory (5,200 persons) and Tasmania (3,200 persons) in 2009-10. The Australian Capital Territory received its largest inflow of interstate migrants from its neighbour, New South Wales with 10,100 persons. The reverse flow from the Australian Capital Territory to New South Wales (9,900 persons) was also the largest for the territory. A cross-border exchange between South Australia and Victoria was also evident. The interstate migration outflow from South Australia to Victoria was the highest recorded for the state (6,500 persons). Conversely, South Australia received its highest inflow from Victoria (5,600 persons).


Interstate flows as a proportion of population

The impact of interstate migration flows on each state and territory population varies. One way of measuring the effect is to calculate each flow as a proportion of each state or territory's population (figure 5.4).

5.4 Interstate migration flows, Proportion of population(a) - 2009-10(b)
Graph: 5.4 Interstate migration flows, Proportion of population(a)—2009–10(b)


In 2009-10, the Northern Territory experienced the greatest impact from both interstate arrivals and interstate departures. These flows represented 6.9% and 7.2% of the Northern Territory's population respectively. The Australian Capital Territory experienced the next greatest impact with a 5.0% and 5.1% change in its population through interstate arrivals and departures respectively. Victoria's population felt the lowest impact from interstate migration flows with a 1.1% change through both its interstate arrivals and departures.





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