Queensland’s net interstate migration doubles in two years

Queensland’s interstate netmigration has doubled in the past two years with more people continuing to find the State an attractive destination to live, work and raise their families.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt said figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the State’s estimated resident population of nearly five million rose by 70,442 (or 1.5 per cent) in 2016 with about 20 per cent of the growth from net interstate migration..

Mr Pitt said an estimated net14,652 people moved to Queensland from other states or territories in 2016.

“This was significantly higher than the 13.8 per cent (8,326 people) who moved to Queensland from interstate in 2015 and more than double the 5,598 people (8.7% of  population growth) who moved to Queensland in 2014,” said Mr Pitt.

“Of the 70,442 rise in population in 2016, some 32,160 were due to net natural increase (more births than deaths) and 23,023 net overseas migration.”

Mr Pitt said today’s data coincides with the launch in Sydney of the Queensland – Move Up in the World campaign which aims to highlight the diverse economy, career opportunities in new exciting industries, more affordable housing and an unmatched quality of life north of the Tweed.

Meanwhile, today’s Australian Census data released by the ABS highlights that one in five Australians lives in Queensland, while the State’s average age of 37 years  was slightly lower than the Australian average of 38.

Mr Pitt said the Census showed Queensland is a great State for families with more children per family (1.9) on average than the Australian average (1.8); while there were more females (50.6%) in Queensland than males (49.4%).

Mr Pitt said 186,482 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people make up around 4.0 per cent of Queensland population, which is up from 3.3 per cent 10 years ago. Almost three in every 10 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians lives in Queensland, with the State having the second largest population in the nation.

He said 912,701 Queenslanders were aged 14 and under; while there were 717,941 seniors aged 65 or older.

Mr Pitt said that for the first time there were more than one million Queenslanders who were born overseas.

“At Census time last year, there were 1,015,875 Queenslanders born overseas – representing 21.6 per cent of the population. This is up from just 17.9 per cent of the state’s population in the 2006 Census,” said Mr Pitt.

“The Census further showed that 37.5 per cent of Queenslanders had either one or both of their parents born overseas (33.0% in 2006).

“That is a significant cultural change in just 10 years. This shift is further underlined with data showing that almost 12 per cent of Queenslanders speak a language other than English at home – up from 7.8 per cent in 2006.”

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