Migration within Australia – strongest out of Sydney

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  1. Eric Poulos says:

    Housing affordability, employment and further education seem like key drivers for internal migration. I am predicting a fall in house prices and rents due to Covid-19, but it will still take a great deal of time for economic recovery and jobs and growth to return. A further analysis post-pandemic would be interesting. How do you see the future?

    • Thanks Eric – I think we will see the biggest impacts of Covid-19 in terms of a fall in overseas migration for several years, with perhaps a little less interstate and intrastate movement for this financial year, as borders in some states are currently closed. Longer term if the work from home thing becomes more normal, we might see more people moving out from the cities into regional areas (which already happens, but it might accelarate this trend), but it’s hard to tell how much at the moment. Georgia has just added a blog on the housing impacts which might interest you. https://blog.id.com.au/2020/housing-analysis/what-is-happening-in-australias-housing-market/

  2. Andrew Smith says:

    I would agree about house, unit/apt. and rental decline (without considering a potential rise in interest rates) but what would be the impact, not just of overseas temporary migration decline, but ageing demographics in the permanent population?

    My understanding is that we have many, i.e. ‘oldies’, born pre WWII who have had the benefits of improved healthcare, hence, longevity, but what impact will the ‘baby boom generation’ of post WWII have in data? For example downsizing, moving regionally and/or to retirement villages, while the older end entering various forms of aged care then mortality starts in about five years?

    One suggests this could balance out demographics in median voting age, house prices, etc. button other hand increase demand for pensions and health care?

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