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RDA Northern Territory

Migration by location

Between 2006 and 2011, the LGA with the highest net migration to the RDA Northern Territory (+135) was from Wyndham-East Kimberley (S), whilst the highest net loss (-537) was to Cairns (R).

Understanding where the RDA Northern Territory's current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where the RDA Northern Territory's residents are moving to indicates areas of population growth and informs possible strategies to retain and attract residents.

Generally, areas of new housing growth attract residents from established areas, especially young couples and families. Coastal communities attract retirees and people seeking a lifestyle change, while inner city areas and areas near universities attract young adults. These are broad demographic trends, while local demographic factors also have a major impact on population movement.

The RDA Northern Territory's migration data below provides a summary of where current residents lived five years prior to the last Census. The top ten local government areas of population movement are ranked, based on net change - that is, the difference between those who moved in and those who moved out. The areas with the greatest net change (gain or loss) to a particular area may not necessarily be those with the greatest population exchange.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Where does the person usually live?' and 'Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 9 August 2006)'.

Migration into and out of the area, 2006 to 2011
RDA Northern Territory
Migration summaryNumber
Current residents who moved at least once between 2006 and 201180,495
Residents who had moved within the RDA Northern Territory 35,431
Migration from other parts of Northern Territory2,685
Migration to other parts of Northern Territory172
Net Migration from other parts of Northern Territory2,513
Migration from other parts of Australia29,966
Migration to other parts of Australia32,198
Net Migration from other parts of Australia-2,216
Migration from other countries11,235
Migration to other countries--
Net Migration from other countries--

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Migration between the area and other States/Territories
RDA Northern Territory
State / TerritoryIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
New South Wales6,8434,9621,881
Victoria5,3764,744632
Queensland8,37411,429-3,055
South Australia4,1834,805-622
Western Australia3,5864,390-804
Tasmania745874-129
Northern Territory2,6851722,513
Australian Capital Territory859978-119

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing , 2011 (Usual Residence Data). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 LGAs ranked by net loss to the area
RDA Northern Territory
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Cairns (R)6551,192-537
Townsville (C)7251,255-530
Brisbane (C)1,1741,682-508
Moreton Bay (R)505777-272
Fraser Coast (R)171428-257
Bundaberg (R)164393-229
Ipswich (C)285499-214
Sunshine Coast (R)615811-196
Rockingham (C)185355-170
Rockhampton (R)160328-168

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing , 2011 (Usual Residence Data). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 LGAs ranked by net gain to the area
RDA Northern Territory
LGAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Wyndham-East Kimberley (S)287152+135
Tea Tree Gully (C)238136+102
Mornington Peninsula (S)232132+100
Sydney (C)228140+88
Penrith (C)14861+87
Yarra Ranges (S)191104+87
Broome (S)201119+82
Launceston (C)13252+80
Ryde (C)10021+79
Wyong (A)15578+77

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing , 2011 (Usual Residence Data). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

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