There was net interstate migration to Queensland of +3,158 in the final quarter alone, the highest figure since 2008.
Population growth in the state could conceivably slow towards zero in the not too distance future on this evidence, should the economy not begin to improve and create jobs. Annual population growth in South Australia declined to +0.7 per cent.
Net overseas migration ticks higher
The population of Tasmania increased by +119 in the fourth quarter.
Largest cities lead growth
The latest Intergenerational Report, which projected that Australia's population will expand to nearly 40 million by 2055, also noted that:
- lower immigration would lead to slower economic growth
- lower immigration would lead to an ageing population
- lower immigration would lead to lower participation rates (with an adverse consequences the tax take)
The anti-immigration lobby also neglects to mention that the Productivity Commission undertook a detailed investigation into the migrant intake - the monster report found that net migration into Australia can far better preserve the current demographic profile, but with a considerably larger population.
The key reason for this is that immigrants have a younger age distribution when compared to the Australian population as a whole, with the most significant age group of immigrants on arrival being the 25-34 year old cohort.