The northern population drift accelerates — Queensland, Australia’s growth state

2017-05-04T05:47:28Z (GMT) by Barker, Ross
Queensland has been Australia’s fastest growing State in percentage terms and often in numerical terms since the 1980s. This growth is largely driven by migration, both interstate and overseas. The 2001 Census revealed that, between 1996 and 2001, Queensland experienced an atypically low level of growth, largely as a consequence of a drop in net interstate migration, but the latest population estimates for 2003 show that growth has rebounded strongly, particularly in South East Queensland (SEQ). A key feature of the interstate migration pattern is the dominant role of New South Wales as the main origin state for migration to Queensland. Interstate movers are also relatively young; Queensland does not receive large numbers of aged persons. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s