Australia’s changing waves of migration

Simone - Myth Buster

Simone has a rich background in human geography, demography and urban planning – a background that was useful in her previous roles in the Commonwealth and State Governments, and now as part of the forecast team at .id. From the Queensland coast to the southern suburbs of Perth, Simone produces population and dwelling forecasts that help local governments make informed decisions about future service and planning needs. She is a regular contributor to .id’s blog and has spoken at several conferences on how our cities and regions are changing. She is a big advocate of evidence-based planning and how Census and other data can inform this. Outside of work Simone is a keen traveller and photographer – interests that tie in well with her professional life and help her to understand “place”.

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  1. Crystal says:

    The Tiananmen Square demonstrations happened in 1989

  2. Thanks for picking that typo up Crystal – have adjusted on the website.

  3. George Darroch says:

    Hi, not sure if this went through before:

    Does the ABS or any agency attempt to ascertain where Australian residents and citizens abroad are residing?

    • Thanks for your comment George. I know that the ABS has data on numbers of people leaving the country – whether it be permanent, short or long term – but once people are outside Australia the ABS does not collect data on where Australians are living. With respect to the Census, it’s a count of people who are in the country on Census night, so even people away on holidays are not in scope. Have you lodged a query with the Dept of Immigration or Dept of Foreign Affairs? They’re the only other government departments I can think of that may collect this type of data.

      Plenty of other countries have Censuses or similar data and I would think you could get information on the number of Australian born persons from these.

      Sorry I can’t be of further help.

  4. George Darroch says:

    Thanks Simone, merely a matter of interest, so I’ll leave it at that.

    Data collection would be extremely difficult, even if we collated with certainty the port of disembarkment for each Australian leaving the country and indicating that they are doing so permanently. (It’s hard enough tracking Australians, which is why we have the Census).

    • Michael Suss says:

      I would double-check my source but the DIBP has such figures under NOM (Nett Overseas Migration) that talk about the flow of people in and out of Australia. I understand that there are one million Australian citizens living overseas at any one time.

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