Thousands of Aussies are continuing to abandon Victoria and NSW for other states, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.
Only three Australian states saw interstate migration increase in the 12 months up to March 31 this year, with two states recording particularly brutal losses.
A whopping 40,057 NSW residents and 17,997 Victorians left to live elsewhere in Australia.
More and more people are looking to head north, with Queensland’s population growing by 53,984 from interstate arrivals alone.
Victorians have been leaving the state in droves ever since the state was hit with harsh Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.
Meanwhile, NSW has consistently lost residents to other states since 1981.
Western Australia’s population has been boosted from interstate arrivals, with 9571 people moving to the state.
Northern Territory and ACT residents headed to other states, with 3330 and 2431 people leaving each territory respectively.
Tasmania lost a small amount of people to other states, with only 413 people moving elsewhere in Australia.
There was an increase in the number of people moving to South Australia, with interstate migration boosted by 673 people.
Though there are thousands of Aussies leaving Victoria and NSW for other states, the pair also received the highest number of international arrivals.
NSW boosted net overseas migration by 47,095 people, while Victoria added 33,691 people.
International migration increased in all states after numbers plummeted throughout 2020 and 2021 due to border closures sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Australia’s population now sits at 25.89 million, with 130,200 babies being born in the 12 months up to March 31 and 109,600 migrants arriving on our shores in the same time period.
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