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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 2015, 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 2014-15 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 gains of all Greater Capital Cities in 2014-15 (6,600 people), ahead of Brisbane (4,000), Hobart (330) and Perth (250).
The Victorian capital recorded net migration gains in the 15-24 year old (5,300 people) and 25-44 year old (4,500) age groups. Most arrivals into Melbourne came from the Rest of Victoria (23,000) and Sydney (11,500).
Brisbane had net gains in the following age groups: 0-14 years (770 people); 15-24 years (2,800); 25-44 years (740) and 65 years and over (80). Over half of arrivals into Brisbane came from Rest of Queensland (36,700), while Sydney and Rest of New South Wales each accounted for 8,500 arrivals.
Sydney had the highest net losses of all Greater Capital Cities in 2014-15 (-15,900 people), followed by Adelaide (-3,600) and Darwin (-950). Sydney lost most people to the Rest of New South Wales (37,200) and Melbourne (11,500). 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 1,300 people.
Source(s): Migration, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3412.0)
Melbourne - West had the highest net migration gain of all SA4s in Australia in 2014-15 (5,000 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, particularly those aged 25-44 years (3,100) and 15-24 year olds (1,300). Most arrivals into Melbourne - West came from the adjoining SA4s of Melbourne - Inner (6,600 people) and Melbourne - North West (3,500).
Other SA4s to record relatively high gains in 2014-15 included Queensland's Sunshine Coast (4,700 people) and Gold Coast (4,600).
Sydney - Inner South West had the highest net migration loss of all SA4s in Australia in 2014-15 (-8,000 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 (-3,800) and Sydney - Sutherland (-2,900).
Other SA4s with relatively high net migration losses include Sydney - Parramatta (-4,700 people), Western Australia - Outback (-3,800), Sydney - Inner West (-3,700) and Brisbane - South (-3,400).
Wyndham in Melbourne's west had the highest net migration gain of all SA3s in Australia in 2014-15 (4,900 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 (4,100), Casey - South (4,000) and Melton - Bacchus Marsh (3,300) in Melbourne's north-east, south-east and west respectively.
The SA3s with the highest net losses in 2014-15 were Canterbury (-3,300 people) in Sydney's inner south-west, Strathfield - Burwood - Ashfield and Fairfield (both -3,100) in Sydney's inner-west and south-west respectively, and Monash (-2,600) in Melbourne's south-east.
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