A closer look at the new population data from the ABS shows just how attractive Victoria has become to interstate migrants, including interstate migrants from Queensland. While Queensland is still attracting interstate migrants, as I’ve discussed in earlier posts (Interstate migration to Qld remains low), we aren’t attracting as many as in previous years and we’re no longer gaining interstate migrants from Victoria. Indeed, we’re now actually losing people to Victoria (see chart below on net interstate migration – i.e. arrivals to Qld from a particular State less departures from Qld to that State).
Arrivals to Queensland from Victoria have dropped over time, but departures to Victoria from Queensland have increased over time, and now slightly exceed arrivals (see chart below).
I’ve written before about how Victoria is marketing itself much better than Queensland (Qld should look to Victoria for tips on tourism promotion). It appears many Queenslanders agree. Clearly career opportunities in Melbourne are an important reason to relocate for many people, but no doubt Melbourne’s reputation as a cosmopolitan city with great restaurants, cafes and bars is also important.