The rising cost of houses in the big cities of Australia seems to be quite motivating more and more people, residing in these areas, to shift to the nation’s regional cities. Despite the fact that people moving to live and do a job in Down Under obviously drift down to the big cities like Melbourne & Sydney, a new study reportedly suggests the nation’s regional parts are gaining more acceptance and popularity.

A key issue is that house prices in majority of the capital cities are growingly becoming out of the reach of several. Hence, an increasing figure of people staying in Oz is deciding to leave the inner city way of life for more laidback regional centres across the nation.

Certainly, regional internal migration ballpark figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) call attention to some exciting trends about where many people are shifting to.

As per an examination of the numbers, while numerous issues have been decisive behind the gaining rise in city dwellers shifting to regional areas, affordability is the key one.

As per a report from a well-known global realty group, with the median house cost in Sydney touching the AUD$1 million mark and Melbourne at its heels at AUD$730,000, people are shifting instead of raising their credit.

Over the 5 years to June 2014, the most recent available statistics reveals that an average of nearly 15,000 persons net per annum departed from the country’s capital cities to move to regional areas. Over this stage, the largest outbound movement was from Sydney with average of 19,257 net per annum leaving.

Regional New South Wales (NSW) saw the biggest inflow, getting an average of 6,824 persons net per annum, most remarkably to coastal areas, like Port Shoalhaven & Macquarie.

Over the 5 year time-frame, Brisbane  & Perth were the only capital cities to register an internal migration gain which the report asserts is reflective of strong employment gains registered for the time-frame, supported by professional services linked with mining construction.

A new softening in labour market conditions, predominantly in Greater Perth, is expected to have stopped the inflow of internal drifters to these cities while simultaneously restraining property market circumstances. On the other hand, buoyed net overseas movement has more than offset the decrease in internal migration to every Australian capital city.

By age, the appeal of capital cities--thanks to tertiary education & job possibilities--has guaranteed impressive growth of young adults in their late teens and twenties even as on average, 13,000 persons net per annum aged from 15 to 24 shifted to a capital city of Oz.

But, for new age groups--mainly those aged between 45 and 64 and retired persons aged 65+--the outbound movement to regional areas has been widespread at 18,505 and 2,685 people per annum in that order.

As per an analyst, with rates of migration acting as a logical substitute for housing demand, the pickup in internal migration outside of our capital cities is expected to augur well for regional property markets & economies.

He elucidated that housing construction, which rises from population growth, gives a major boost to the local economy, via employment and demand for goods and services. And looking ahead, more internal movement to regional Australia seems possible, duly supported by retiree families looking to economize happily from the auction of the family home.

He also indicated that recent house price growth in the capital cities ought to facilitate a considerable surplus of money to aid with retirement giving drive to relocate. Likewise, with an increasing figure of younger people planning to attend university or commence higher education, the steady flow of young adults in regional areas to the nation’s capital cities is likely to continue.

The analyst added that for the capital cities, the constant robust inflow of net overseas movement--mostly to Melbourne & Sydney--will keep on supporting house price rise, though at a more modest speed.


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