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This document was added or updated on 31/03/2015.
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 product provides annual regional internal migration estimates based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Datasets attached to this product provide summaries of this data for the years ending 30 June 2007 to 2014, and include data by migration type (arrivals, departures and net moves), age, sex, and various sub-state geographies.
The following commentary provides an analysis of 2013-14 data at three geographic levels: Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA), Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3).
Melbourne had the highest net internal migration gain of all Greater Capital Cities in 2013-14 (4,000 people), ahead of Brisbane (3,500) and Perth (1,500).
The Victorian capital recorded net migration gains in the 15-24 year old (5,800 people) and 25-44 year old (2,700) age groups. Most arrivals into Melbourne came from the Rest of Victoria (23,800) and Sydney (11,200).
Brisbane had net gains in the following age groups: 0-14 years (900 people); 15-24 years (3,200) and 65 years and over (310). Over half of arrivals into Brisbane came from Rest of Queensland (40,400), while Sydney and Rest of New South Wales accounted for 8,600 and 8,400 arrivals respectively.
Sydney had the highest net loss of all Greater Capital Cities in 2013-14 (-14,900 people), followed by Adelaide (-3,000). Sydney lost most people to the Rest of New South Wales (37,200) and Melbourne (11,200). Compared to other Greater Capital Cities, Sydney recorded the highest net losses across all age groups, except for 15-24 year olds, where it recorded a net gain of 1,700 people.
Source(s): Migration, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3412.0)
Melbourne - West had the highest net migration gain of all SA4s in Australia in 2013-14 (5,700 people). This area encompasses Melbourne's fastest growing suburbs such as Truganina, Tarneit, Laverton and Point Cook. Net migration gains in Melbourne - West occurred across all age groups, with the exception of people aged 65 years and over (-120). Most arrivals into Melbourne - West came from the adjoining SA4s of Melbourne - Inner (6,900 people) and Melbourne - North West (3,800).
Other SA4s to record relatively high gains in 2013-14 included Queensland's Sunshine Coast (4,500 people), Ipswich (3,100) and Gold Coast (2,600), and Perth - South West (2,700).
Sydney - Inner South West had the highest net migration loss of all SA4s in Australia in 2013-14 (-6,000 people), with net losses occurring across all age groups. Sydney - Inner South West lost most people to the neighbouring SA4s of Sydney - Parramatta (-4,000), Sydney - South West (-3,600) and Sydney - Sutherland (-3,200).
Other SA4s with relatively high net migration losses include Sydney - Parramatta (-3,900 people), Brisbane - South (-3,500) and Melbourne - Inner East (-2,900).
Wyndham had the highest net migration gain of all SA3s in Australia in 2013-14 (5,700 people). It was one of a number of SA3s in Melbourne's outer suburban fringe to have comparatively high net migration growth. These included Whittlesea - Wallan (3,900), Melton - Bacchus Marsh (2,800), Casey - South and Cardinia (both 2,500) in Melbourne's north-east, west and south-east respectively.
The SA3s with the highest net losses in 2013-14 were Strathfield - Burwood - Ashfield (-3,200 people) in Sydney's inner-west, Dandenong (-2,800) in Melbourne's south-east, and Joondalup (-2,600), in Perth's northern suburbs.
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