Category Archives: Migration

Pick up in net internal migration to regional Qld

Yesterday’s post covered the surge in net interstate migration to Queensland during the pandemic. The surge reflects: a) departures from Queensland to other states falling a lot (by 16% in September quarter 2020 compared with September quarter 2019), which could … Continue reading

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A closer look at the surge in net interstate migration to Qld in September quarter 2020

Earlier this week, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles was excited by the latest interstate migration data from the ABS, as reported by the Brisbane Times: Queensland’s acting Premier has pointed to migration data showing a surge in new residents as … Continue reading

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Qld may see a surge of interstate migrants from Victoria post-COVID

I expect many Victorians suffering through stage four restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be contemplating a move to Queensland. And some savvy Victorians have found a way to do just that already. For instance, see this Nine News … Continue reading

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Qld’s regional economies & COVID-19 – video chat with Pete Faulkner

Earlier today I chatted with Pete Faulkner from Far-North-Queensland-based Conus Business Consultancy Services regarding how Queensland’s regional economies have been impacted by COVID-19. Check out the recording of our Zoom conversation below. You can download the slides we chatted about … Continue reading

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Qld less reliant on overseas migration as driver of growth than southern states

Over 2018 I have commented regularly that the Queensland economy is under-performing relative to NSW and Victoria, and this has been reflected in the state’s unemployment rate remaining above 6% while the national rate has fallen toward 5%. It should … Continue reading

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Net interstate migration to Qld by age group – evidence of brain drain?

Over the ten years to 2017, Queensland gained residents via interstate migration across all age groups, but it gained far fewer people in net terms in their twenties than you might expect (see chart below based on the relevant ABS.Stat … Continue reading

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NSW the biggest contributor to Qld’s net interstate migration gain

Queensland has recently returned to the number one spot among states and territories in terms of net interstate migration flows, as noted in the ABS’s media release last month Queensland the most popular state for interstate movers. Queensland gained 24,000 … Continue reading

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Qld regional unemployment rates facet wrap via R

Queensland is such a large and diverse state, with regional economies having vastly different drivers of growth (e.g. tourism in Cairns, mining in Mackay), that it’s often hard to get a sense of how different parts of the state are … Continue reading

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The Sydney property boom and interstate migration to Qld

Regular QEW blog reader and occasional contributor Mike Willis asked some good questions in response to my post yesterday on Five million Queenslanders by EOFY 2017-18, which noted interstate migration to Queensland is trending up. “Gene, this data is reflected … Continue reading

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NZ not only beating us in Rugby, but in economic and demographic games, too

A recent article at the Conversation is titled New Zealand is letting economics rule its environmental policies, which I suppose is meant to shock most Conversation readers. Reading the article it appears to me that NZ mostly appears to have … Continue reading

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