Expats in Australia head to New South Wales and Victoria

Coogee, New South Wales, Australia

People moving to Australia are heading to New South Wales and Victoria, according to new figures.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that Australia’s steady rate of population growth continued in Q3 2016, with the country’s population up 348,700 people in the year to September 2016.

Natural population growth (births minus deaths) added 155,472 people to the population over the year to September 2016, which was around 5.1 per cent higher compared with the previous year. Net overseas migration (incoming minus outgoing migrants) contributed 193,223 people to the increase over the year ending September 2016, which was around 9 per cent higher compared with a year earlier.

Victoria led the way with growth of 2.1 per cent. This was followed by the ACT (1.5 per cent), New South Wales (1.4 per cent), Queensland (1.4 per cent), Western Australia (1.0 per cent), South Australia (0.6 per cent), Tasmania (0.5 per cent) and the Northern Territory (0.3 per cent).

“The majority of the growth in population attributable to overseas migration is occurring in the eastern seaboard states, which underpins the strong growth in these jurisdictions,” comments HIA economist Geordan Murray. “Over the year to September 2016, 40 per cent of the growth due to net overseas migration occurred in New South Wales, while a further 36 per cent occurred in Victoria and 11 per cent occurred in Queensland.”

“Overall, the rate of population growth increased slightly during 2016. The population grew by 1.5 per cent in the year to September 2016, which is up slightly from 1.4 per cent recorded in the year to September in 2015,” adds Murray. “The stronger rate of growth was driven by both a stronger contribution from natural population growth and a stronger contribution from net overseas migration.”

As the age profile of Australia’s population becomes increasingly skewed towards older age groups, population growth and migration will become ever more important in ensuring Australia has a workforce capable of maintaining the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity, concludes Murray.

Australian population growth slows

4th January 2016

The rate of population growth in Australia has slowed, as a result of falling overseas migration.

Australia has always been a popular destination for expats looking to relocate for a new life abroad, particularly among Brits. 8,000 more Brits left the country for Down Under in 2015 than in 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics reveals, despite the tightening of Visa regulations.

Nonetheless, net overseas migration in the country has fallen. Migration resulted in an additional 168,183 people during the 2014/15 year, but this number was down by 11.4 per cent compared with the previous year.

As a result, the pace of population growth continued to ease during the 2014/15 year, says the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

The ABS figures show Australia’s population reached 23.78 million at the end of June 2015. This was an increase of around 317,000 people over the year and amounts to 1.4 per cent annual growth.

Natural population growth (births minus deaths) resulted in an increase in the population of 148,900 people – 5.1 per cent lower than the growth recorded a year ago level.

“The pace of population growth has gradually been slowing since 2012 and today’s figures confirm this trend continued in the first half of 2015. During the 2014/15 year we saw a lower contribution from ‘natural’ population growth, although the overall slowing was primarily driven by a reduced contribution form net overseas migration,” says Geordan Murray, HIA Economist.

“While the overall rate of population growth has slowed, there are variations around the states which are generally aligned with the divergent performances of the state economies. Both New South Wales and Victoria hosted the strongest rates of population growth in the year to June 2015, recording growth of 1.4 per cent and 1.7 per cent, respectively. Nevertheless both were marginally slower than a year ago.”

“The resource states that experienced strong growth during the mining boom are now seeing the back of the wave,” adds Geordan. “Population growth in Western Australia has dropped to the slowest rate since 2003 and is experiencing a growing net outflow of interstate migrants. The Northern Territory has followed the same path as Western Australia, while Queensland’s population growth rate has dropped to its slowest rate in more than 25 years.”