Migration between capital cities and regional Australia

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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  1. Hi Glen,

    I would be very greatful if you could unpack the Tasmanian data a little more and provide some insight as to what is happening in Launceston City and the north of the state.

    My sense is net population growth in Launceston is either negative or completely flat. It would be interesting to understand if people are moving to Launceston City from OS, interstate or within the state and where people are moving to?

    I think Launceston is behaving very differently to Hobart?

    Is it possible for your to shed some light on this?

    Thanks Bruce.

    • Hi Bruce,

      We don’t actually have the individual LGA level data from RIME for 2013-14 for the moment. But according to the latest ABS Estimated Resident Population, the City of Launceston’s population has indeed been flat since 2011. In fact it shows a loss of 40 people in 3 years (which is negligible and the ERP is not accurate enough to say conclusively there has been a loss, it’s subject to review after the next Census). The interesting thing about Launceston though is that the growth areas actually fall into neighbouring councils, West Tamar and Northern Midlands. These areas have added about 400 people over the same time period, so as a greater city area, Launceston is still growing.

      Launceston is a great example of a community which is compensating for loss of population via internal migration, and ageing, by taking in refugee communities. In the last 3 years it has added over 1,300 migrants from overseas, including a significant Bhutanese community, as well as neighbouring Nepal, Iran and Afghanistan.


  2. John says:

    Does the data show any trends in the age groups of the people moving to rural/regional areas? I have seen articles that find it is mostly your older people around retirement. Younger people seem to be the ones moving to urban areas.

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