Internal migration to regional Queensland powers ahead

Data on internal migration for the Sept 2020 quarter shows the trend of strong movement from cities into the regions in 2020 continued apace. Across the nation in the third quarter about 11,200 people left the capital cities to move to the regions (this comes on top of a similar move in the June quarter of 11,000). Greater Sydney lost almost 7,800 residents while the Rest of NSW was up 3,700. Similar moves were seen in Victoria where Greater Melbourne declines by 7,400 while the Victorian regions added 3,700.

In Queensland Greater Brisbane managed to add 3,200 (after a similar increase in June) while the Rest of Queensland added another 4,000 on top of 3,500 in June. To get an idea of the scale of these moves consider that the 5-year average quarterly figures for Greater Brisbane are an increase of 3,400 while for the Rest of Queensland it is just 2,000.

When we consider the Queensland data in more detail we see that 4,000 residents moved from NSW to the Sunshine State with another 2,400 coming in from Victoria. The regions of Queensland lost just 200 residents to Greater Brisbane (on top of 900 in the June quarter) which is down from a 1,300 lose in the same quarter a year ago, but gained 1,500 from Greater Sydney and another 1,100 from Greater Melbourne. Regional NSW and Victoria added another 900 and 400 respectively to the Queensland regions’ gains.

Over the course of the first three quarters of 2020 regional Queensland added 12,000 new residents. Compare that to an average for the same period from 2015 to 2019 of just 3,700.


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