Interstate migration is on the move, but where?

Regional population and migration data for 2016-17 recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics tracks Australia’s internal migration trends.

CoreLogic Property Pulse, takes a deeper dive into the latest results. Migration

Note: For this analysis the focus is the internal movements from the Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA) to other SA4 regions across the country

Six of the top 10 regions for arrival of former Sydney residents were within New South Wales with the remaining for in ACT, Qld and Vic.

For people migrating from Sydney, the most popular destinations were those directly adjacent to the city such as Newcastle/Lake Macquarie and Illawarra.

The Australian Capital Territory and Gold Coast also recorded more than 5,000 new residents arriving from Sydney over the past year.

Top 10 Sydney

The top 5 most popular for former Melbourne residents are all within Victoria and closely adjacent to Melbourne; Latrobe-Gippsland (7,259) and Geelong (6,894) have attracted the greatest number of former Melbourne residents over the past year.

Seven of the top 10 regions for arrivals of former Melbourne residents were in Victoria with the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in Qld and the ACT accounting for the other three regions in the top 10.

Top 10 Melbourne


Seven of the top 10 regions for arrivals of departing Brisbane residents are also located within Qld with The Gold and Sunshine Coasts recording a much greater number of arrivals from Brisbane than any of the other regions on the list.

Interestingly, the data also suggests that those migrating away from Brisbane to other areas of Qld tend to remain in the southern areas of the state.

The three regions of top migration from Brisbane that aren’t within the state are Melbourne-Inner, Richmond-Tweed (directly adjacent to the Gold Coast) and the ACT.

Top 10 Brisbane

In Adelaide, a reasonably large number of residents leaving the city are moving to other regions of SA (noting there are only 3 regional SA4 areas in SA).

The South-East region of the state is the most popular for departing Adelaide residents followed by Barossa-Yorke-Mid North.

Melbourne is also a popular region for those departing Adelaide accounting for 3 of the top 10 regions with the ACT, Darwin, Gold Coast and Parramatta also making the list for regions outside of SA.

Top 10 Adelaide

It’s a little surprising that the top destinations for departing residents of Perth are within Western Australia and not interstate.

The 4 regional SA4 regions of the state are also the top 4 destinations for those migrating out of Perth.

Regions of Melbourne account for 3 of the remaining 5 locations outside of WA with Darwin, Gold Coast and ACT also making the list.

The most popular region for residents of Hobart leaving the city is the surrounding South East region.

Top 10 Perth

In fact, the South East has seen double the number of migrants from Hobart than Launceston and the North East in second place.  australia

Note that there are only 3 SA4 regions of Tas outside of Greater Hobart and they are each listed.

Outside of Tas, 4 regions are in Vic (each of which are in Melbourne), 2 regions are in Qld and the remaining region is the ACT.

When Darwin residents move away from the city, the greatest share of them move to other parts of the Territory outside of the capital city.

Qld is a popular destination from Darwin residents moving away with 5 of the top 10 regions listed within the state and all except for Ipswich being in coastal locations.

Top 10 Darwin

The top 10 list also includes one region each in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide as well as the ACT.

Residents of Canberra that leave don’t have the option to move elsewhere within the territory however, a substantial number of them move to the Capital Region located adjacent in NSW.

7 of the 10 most popular regions for people from Canberra to migrate to areas in NSW and 6 of them are in Sydney.

Elsewhere in the top 10 Canberrans have migrated to 2 regions of Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

Top 10 Canberra

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Overall, a significant number of those people that moved away from a capital city over the past financial year moved to an area adjacent to the capital city.

Some of these are coastal/lifestyle markets while also being locations where housing is more affordable.

There are multiple reasons why we’re seeing more people move to new locations, however, it’s generally for more affordable housing or because they’re looking for a sea change/tree change.


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Cameron Kusher is Corelogic RP Data’s senior research analyst. Cameron has a thorough understanding of the fundamentals such as demographics, trends & economics. Visit

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