1. Vikki Uhlmann
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    Dear RAI, While its great to see such figures, I wonder how much of the internal migration was driven by the move to resource sector jobs in the regions, rather than returners? Do you have that data? Thanks, Vikki


    • RAI Admin
      January 22, 2014 @ 10:20 am

      This data includes all people and so there is no doubt that the demand for workers in the resources sector is important in the overall picture. Unfortunately we do not have data which measures why each individual person chose to move to a particular area and therefore cannot determine how significant the trend is.

      What makes returning so important is that it can, and does happen in all areas. There are real opportunities for regions to encourage people to return and we are seeing flows of people to many regions, not just those with a resources sector.


    • Ben Snooks
      January 22, 2014 @ 10:42 am

      What effect has the increase in housing prices in our capital cities had on people’s decisions to move to regional areas? I personally need to live in the city as I work in a large IT company. I’d like to live in a regional area and commute but without high speed rail there is no way I want to sit in traffic for hours. I currently rent and walk to work. I work in an inner eastern suburb about 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD by train. Being a potential first home buyer I’m worried about putting such a large deposit into an overpriced asset that may decrease in value in a few years. Its my understanding that regional house prices are more stable over the long term.


      • RAI Admin
        January 23, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

        For many people housing prices and the overall affordability of regional living are part of the appeal of returning. Less than 4% of people in a regional city paid over $550,000 for their property. In Sydney, 33% paid more than that amount.

        Many of the Returners that we spoke to bought their first home upon returning. With such a significant price difference you can see why this is an important factor.


    • Michael McNamara
      March 13, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

      The move back to rural areas predates the resources rush.

      Research from industry funded sources (such as GISERA) indicates that the demand for resource sector jobs actually costs Agriculture industry jobs. Not surprisingly, this research talks about the growth in CSG industry jobs. It also talks about growth in construction related jobs, but these are generally short term and related to the development phase. A fact sheet on the research (check the first para on Page 2) can be found here: http://www.gisera.org.au/publications/project_factsheets/reversing-rural-decline-factsheet.pdf


  2. Darryl Fernance
    January 22, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    While I am not a returner as such I did make the move from The Shire in Sydney to Goulburn in 1977 knowing that I had ancestral connections through pioneer members of my mother’s family with the Goulburn District.
    At that stage I felt it difficult to achieve the home owners dream in The Sutherland Shire and I had an employment opportunity in Goulburn.
    Lots of things have changed but the home my first wife chose has become the home of my family’s roots and my children from both my past and present marriage do not want me to part with the family home.
    Regional life may not offer the high paid jobs of the big smoke but it is the lifestyle and opportunities, fresh air and plenty of things to do if you have a mind to get involved that are the attraction for me.
    My second wife who is from regional Philippines also finds the lifestyle appealing and has secure employment and plenty of friends and family close by.


    • RAI Admin
      January 23, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

      Great story Darryl-thanks for sharing with us!Really interesting about your connections to the founding family in the Goulburn district.

      Can’t wait to hear more stories like this!


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  5. Mark Short
    February 19, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    Hi RAI,

    Thanks for the report. At the Bush Church Aid Society we are looking at new initiatives to encourage younger leaders in rural and regional Australian churches and communities so it was very timely for us.

    Do we have any data on the occupational and educational background of those aged 25-44 moving to regional areas eg are they substantially more likely to have a university degree than the existing 25-44 population in those areas?


  6. Karen Winsor
    March 9, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

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