Australian arrivals continue to rise but Sydney is becoming too pricey

by Ray Clancy on June 14, 2017

in Australia Immigration, Australia Travel

Australia continues to be popular for work, life and travel, with the latest immigration figures showing that there was a rise in short term visitors of 0.8% in April month on month.

Overall, the figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that in trend terms, arrivals recorded were 727,600, which is 7.7% higher than April 2016.

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But internally more people are moving away from Sydney, which experts believe is due to the high cost of housing with Queensland seeing the highest number of internal movers for years.

The highest percentage increase in people from overseas arriving in Australia were from Hong Kong, up 16.2%, followed by the United States, up 14.3% and India up 10.6%.

The country with the highest number of arrivals was New Zealand at 112,300, followed by China with 106,700, then the US with 65,800, the UK 62,900, Singapore, 37,300 and Japan 36,400.

Meanwhile, within Australia the Gold Coast is proving to be the most popular place to move to. Some 6,428 people moved there in the 2015/2016 year, the highest on record and 39.4% higher over the past year. It was also the first time since 2006/2007 that the Gold Coast had seen the nation’s highest rate of net internal migration.

Indeed, Queensland is proving to be very popular with the Sunshine Coast seeing the second highest rate of internal migration with 6,200 arrivals and Moreton Bay and Ipswich also in the top six.

At the other end of the scale Sydney’s Inner South West recorded the largest number of people moving away with a net 8,747 residents lost. It was the 10th consecutive year that Inner South West has recorded the largest loss from net internal migration.

Sydney’s Parramatta was second with the loss of 6,308 people, followed by the outback in Western Australia down 4,423 and two locations in Perth, north west and south east, down 4,123 and 3,857 respectively.

Looking at the broader capital city and regional markets, net internal migration over the year was strongest in regional New South Wales at 11,827, Brisbane at 10,149, regional Victoria at 8,429 and Melbourne at 8,270.

Sydney has seen the biggest number of people moving away with a net loss of 23,176, followed by Adelaide down 6,088, regional Western Australian down 4,433 and Perth down 3,270.

Net internal migration to regional New South Wales, Melbourne, regional Victoria and Brisbane was the greatest it has been in at least 10 years. Meanwhile, net internal migration to Sydney was the lowest since 2011/2012 and it was the lowest in at least 10 years to regional Queensland, Adelaide, Perth and regional Western Australia.

‘Overall the data indicates that migration is gathering pace in select regions of the country while Sydney is increasingly shedding residents to other parts of the country and this is most likely linked to the high cost of housing,’ said an ABS spokesman.

‘Coastal, regional areas of New South Wales and Victoria along with Melbourne and Brisbane appear to be significant benefactors of the deteriorating housing affordability in Sydney as an increasing number of people leave the city for more affordable locations,’ the spokesman added.

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