The Australian State of Victoria has become very popular with people from within Australia moving to live and work in the state, but fewer are arriving from abroad, new data shows.

Victoria has recorded its highest net interstate migration in over 40 years, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).


The latest numbers reflect an ongoing trend of increasing population growth for Victoria​

Denise Carlton from the ABS said the latest figures from Australian Demographic Statistics, the December Quarter 2014 report, reflected an ongoing trend of increasing population growth for Victoria.

'Victoria has experienced increasing population growth since 2011, with a net gain of 9,300 people from the rest of Australia in the last year alone,' she explained.

Most of this increase for Victoria can be attributed to people moving from New South Wales with 2,700 arriving from that State, followed by 2,100 from South Australia, 1,400 from Western Australia and 1,100 from Queensland.

While the population of all states and territories grew over the period, for half of them more people left than arrived from other parts of Australia. One of the largest declines was in Western Australia, which saw its first year of negative net interstate migration since 2002 with a loss of 400 people this year, down from a gain of 5,200 in 2013.

However, fewer people are arriving from overseas with the ABS data showing that net overseas migration figures have continued to decline, with the national total falling by 15% in the last year.

Western Australia saw a near halving of its net overseas migration figures, which dropped from 36,100 in 2013 to 18,900 this year. The waning of the mining boom in Western Australia is believed to have contributed to the significant change in the state's migration flows and population growth during 2014.

The data also shows that Queensland's net overseas migration also fell from 35,100 to 24,200, a decline of 31% while the Northern Territory's figures also fell by over half to 1,900 people.

Overall, Australia's total population increased by 330,200 people to reach 23.6 million by the end of December 2014, a growth rate of 1.4%.

Over the year, natural increase contributed 146,100 people to Australia's population, made up of 299,700 births, some 1.8% lower than the previous year, and 153,600 deaths, up 4.7% from the previous year.

In the same period, overseas migration contributed 184,100 people to the population, some 14.8% lower than the previous year, and accounted for 56% of Australia's total population growth.