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.
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)
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
HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS
|Melbourne - Inner|
|Melbourne - South East|
|Melbourne - West|
|Sydney - Inner South West|
|Sydney - Parramatta|
LOWEST NET MIGRATION GAINS
|South East (Tasmania)|
|Barossa - Yorke - Mid North (South Australia)|
|Queensland - Outback|
|South Australia - Outback|
|Northern Territory - Outback|