3106.0 - Demography News, Sep 1999  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/09/1999   
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Interstate migration in 1998

For the first time during the 1990s, Victoria had a net interstate migration gain of 2,800 in 1998. This was a major turnaround on the peak loss of 28,700 in 1993. Queensland and Western Australia were the only other States to experience net interstate migration gains in 1998 of 16,000 and 3,900 respectively. However, Queensland's gain was the smallest this decade, after a peak of 48,800 in 1993.

South Australia's net loss of 2,700 was the smallest since 1992. In the first two years of the decade, South Australia experienced small gains from net interstate migration. In contrast, Tasmania's net loss of 4,100 was the largest this decade. Like South Australia, it had small net gains in the early 1990s. After consistent net gains between 1990 and 1993, the Australian Capital Territory continued a period of net population losses, amounting to 2,000 in 1998. The Northern Territory also lost a net 700 people through interstate migration, after three years of net gains.

For further information see Australian Demographic Statistics, December Quarter 1999 (Catalogue no. 3101.0, $19.50). For details on how ABS estimates interstate migration, see Demography working paper 99/2 - Estimating Interstate Migration, 1996 - 2001.