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

Regional internal migration is the movement of people from one region to another within Australia (both interstate and intrastate). Net regional internal migration is the net gain or loss of population through this movement.

This commentary analyses regional internal 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

Brisbane had the highest net internal migration gain of all Greater Capital Cities in 2017-18 (16,000 people), ahead of Melbourne (5,700) and Hobart (1,300).

Most arrivals into Brisbane came from Rest of Queensland (44,000), Sydney (11,700) and Rest of New South Wales (11,000). Melbourne received the most arrivals from Rest of Victoria (28,400), Sydney (15,000) and Perth (8,400).

Sydney had the highest net loss of all Greater Capital Cities in 2017-18 (-27,300 people), followed by Perth (-5,800) and Adelaide (-5,100). Most people departed Sydney for Rest of New South Wales (50,200), Melbourne (15,000) and Rest of Queensland (13,200).

5.1 NET INTERNAL MIGRATION, GREATER CAPITAL CITIES - 2017-18

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


OTHER REGIONS

Gold Coast had the highest net migration gain of all SA4s in Australia in 2017-18 (7,700 people) with most net gains to the Gold Coast coming from the adjoining SA4s of Logan - Beaudesert (3,100 people) in Queensland and Richmond - Tweed (2,300) in New South Wales.

Other SA4s with relatively high net gains in 2017-18 included Queensland's Sunshine Coast (6,900 people) and Melbourne - West (6,000), which encompasses some of Melbourne's largest growing suburbs such as Tarneit, Truganina and Rockbank – Mount Cottrell.

Sydney - Inner South West had the highest net migration loss of all SA4s in Australia in 2017-18 (-8,700 people). In net terms this area lost most people to the neighbouring Sydney SA4s of South West (-4,700 people), Parramatta (-3,800) and Outer South West (-3,000).

Other SA4s with relatively high net migration losses included Sydney - Parramatta (-6,400), Sydney - Eastern Suburbs (-5,200 people) and Sydney - Inner West (-4,200).

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

5.2 HIGHEST NET INTERNAL MIGRATION GAINS AND LOSSES, SA4s - 2017-18

Arrivals
Departures
Net
SA4
no.
no.
no.

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION GAINS
Gold Coast
34 441
26 762
7 679
Sunshine Coast
24 985
18 127
6 858
Melbourne - West
39 919
33 940
5 979
Geelong
15 535
11 028
4 507
Ipswich
25 374
21 058
4 316

HIGHEST NET MIGRATION LOSSES
Sydney - Inner South West
25 288
33 947
-8 659
Sydney - Parramatta
29 996
36 358
-6 362
Sydney - Eastern Suburbs
14 903
20 095
-5 192
Sydney - Inner West
20 389
24 580
-4 191
Perth - South East
24 393
28 030
-3 637