The latest data from the Australian Bureau Of Statistics confirms that Australians are exiting our biggest cities in record numbers.

Sydney experienced the biggest exodus with 7,800 people leaving the harbour city in the September 2020 quarter.

In a battle of the states, Queensland has come out on top with interstate migration revealing Queensland gained the most new residents during the same quarter, while NSW and Victoria went backwards.

Here’s some information featured in a news article this week that I thought you might find interesting.


ABC News:

ABS data confirms a city exodus during COVID, with biggest internal migration loss on record

It’s official. Australia’s capital cities really have been losing people in record numbers during COVID. But will tree changers stay put in the country, or flock back to the big smoke?

Provisional internal migration data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the nation’s capital cities had a net loss of 11,200 people during July, August and September last year.

That was the largest quarterly net loss since records began in 2001.

The ABS said the net loss in the September quarter was the result of both fewer arrivals into capital cities (-10.6%) and more departures from big centres to non-capital city areas (+1.2%).

The September quarter coincided with the months after Australia’s first hard COVID lockdown, when some city dwellers were starting to pack up for the country and real estate agents began reporting a rise in demand for homes in regional Australia

It also coincided with the start of Melbourne’s second extended lockdown, when borders were closed to Victoria.












Sydney experienced the biggest loss of people during the September quarter, however, the data shows this trend had been happening to some extent even before the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the exodus from Melbourne increased by a factor of eight compared to the pre-lockdown period.

Some capital cities did make gains, however.

Brisbane and Perth saw an increase in internal migrations, while Hobart, Perth, Darwin and Adelaide were relatively steady.

In net terms, NSW gained the most people from Victoria, and lost most to Queensland.

Locked down with closed borders for much of that period, Victoria in net terms did not gain people from any state or territory during the September quarter, with the largest proportion of those leaving choosing to head north to Queensland.

And after years of losing people at the end of its gas boom, Darwin saw its first net gain from internal migration since 2015.