In the September 2020 quarter, 76,200 people moved interstate. This was 9,200 (11%) less than the number who moved in the previous quarter and 10,600 (12%) less than in the September 2019 quarter.
The number of interstate movers in the September 2020 quarter was the lowest since the September 2014 quarter.
People may take some time to update their address information when they move. The ABS method for these statistics assumes an average of three months for this to occur. As a result, some movements included in this release may have occurred outside the reference quarter.
Net migration is the difference between arrivals and departures. It can be positive (more arrivals than departures) or negative (more departures than arrivals).
Queensland gained the most people from net interstate migration (+7,200) over the September 2020 quarter, while New South Wales lost the most (-4,100).
Western Australia had the largest change in net migration, increasing from -230 people in the previous quarter to +630 people in the September 2020 quarter. This was a result of departures (6,900 to 5,900) decreasing more than arrivals (6,700 to 6,500).
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