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Persons aged 50 years and over (52,400 persons) were less likely to move interstate than younger persons, accounting for 15% of the total number of interstate moves in 2008-09 (compared with 31% of the total population). Of the total Australian population in this age group, less than 1% made an interstate move during the year.
In 2008-09, Queensland recorded the highest net gain of movers aged 50 years and over with 2,100 persons, 11% of the state's total population gain from NIM. Tasmania, which gained 750 persons, and Victoria, which gained 460 persons, were the only other states or territories to record NIM gains in this age group.
New South Wales recorded the largest NIM loss of people aged 50 years and over in 2008-09 (1,300 persons; 7% of the state's overall loss). In this age group losses were also recorded by the Australian Capital Territory (810 persons), South Australia (430 persons), Western Australia (420 persons) and the Northern Territory (290 persons).
Persons aged 65 years and over (14,400 persons) accounted for 4% of all interstate movements in 2008-09 (compared with 13% of the total population). Victoria had the largest net gains from interstate movers in this age group (410 persons), followed by Queensland (320 persons) and Tasmania (140 persons).
New South Wales experienced a net interstate loss of 230 persons aged 65 years and over, followed by Western Australia (220 persons), South Australia (200 persons), the Northern Territory (110 persons) and the Australian Capital Territory (100 persons).
Median age of interstate migrants
In 2008-09, the median age of all interstate movers was 28.0 years. A high proportion of all interstate arrivals to the Australian Capital Territory (72%) and the Northern Territory (71%) were younger than 35 years of age. This high level of younger movers resulted in the two territories recording the lowest median ages of all interstate arrivals (26.8 years and 26.5 years respectively) as seen in Figure 6.8. Tasmania recorded the highest median age (31.1 years) for interstate arrivals. Arrivals to the remaining states had relatively similar median ages: South Australia (28.7), New South Wales (28.2), Victoria (28.1), Queensland (27.9) and Western Australia (27.8).
The median age at departure varied little between the states and territories: South Australia and Western Australia (28.5 years each), Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory (28.1 each), New South Wales (27.8), the Northern Territory (27.5) and Tasmania (27.1).
The largest difference between the median ages of interstate arrivals and departures was for Tasmania, where the median age of arrivals was four years older than the median age of departures. This differential contributes to the faster aging of the Tasmanian population compared to other states and territories (for more information see Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, June 2009 (cat. no. 3201.0)).