3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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REGIONAL OVERSEAS MIGRATION

Regional overseas migration is the movement of people to or from Australia's regions through immigration or emigration. Net regional overseas migration is the net gain or loss of population through this movement.

This commentary analyses regional overseas migration estimates for 2017-18 as released in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 3218.0). It discusses data at the Greater Capital City Statistical Area and Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) levels, as defined in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard.

CAPITAL CITIES

All capital cities recorded net gains from overseas migration in 2017-18. Melbourne and Sydney had the highest net gains of all Greater Capital Cities by far. Melbourne gained a net of 78,000 overseas migrants while Sydney added a net 77,100. Brisbane had the next highest net gain from overseas migration at 16,600.

Darwin had the smallest net overseas migration gain with 640 people, followed by Hobart (1,500) and the Australian Capital Territory (4,800).

4.1 NET OVERSEAS MIGRATION, GREATER CAPITAL CITIES - 2017-18

Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3218.0)


OTHER REGIONS

Australia's two most populous capital cities - Sydney and Melbourne - contained the ten SA4s with the highest net gains through regional overseas migration in 2017-18. Melbourne - Inner had the largest net gain of all, at 18,200, followed by Melbourne - South East (15,300). In Sydney, the SA4s which added the most residents through net overseas migration were Sydney - Inner South West (12,300) and Sydney - Parramatta (12,100).

In contrast, the SA4s with the smallest net gains from overseas migration were almost all outside of the capital cities, mostly covering rural and remote regions of Australia. South East in Tasmania recorded the smallest net gain (110), followed by Barossa - Yorke - Mid North in South Australia (160) and Queensland - Outback (160).

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

4.2 HIGHEST AND LOWEST NET OVERSEAS MIGRATION GAINS, SA4 - 2017-18

Arrivals
Departures
Net
SA4
no.
no.
no.

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS
Melbourne - Inner
44 845
26 604
18 241
Melbourne - South East
26 469
11 126
15 343
Melbourne - West
20 185
7 698
12 487
Sydney - Inner South West
21 693
9 409
12 284
Sydney - Parramatta
21 883
9 775
12 108

LOWEST NET MIGRATION GAINS
South East (Tasmania)
186
80
106
Barossa - Yorke - Mid North (South Australia)
275
118
157
Queensland - Outback
504
340
164
South Australia - Outback
312
133
179
Northern Territory - Outback
1 183
976
207