Aussie exodus to unexpected state

Interstate migration figures have revealed a huge spike in the number of Australians moving to one unexpected state.

The number of interstate residents permanently moving to South Australia is at its highest level in almost 30 years.

The state recorded positive net interstate migration for the third consecutive quarter, according to recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The new data, released on Tuesday, showed there were 130 people that moved to SA in the December quarter, with a total of 104,800 people moving to a different jurisdiction across the nation.

There were 3900 less people that moved interstate, compared to the same period in 2019.

Just over 100 people moved to SA in the June quarter, and 77 migrated in the September quarter, according to the ABS figures.

Last year — for the first time since 1992 — SA recorded an entire year of positive net migration.

SA Premier Steven Marshall said the state earned its global reputation for its safe and affordable lifestyle.

He said the rest of the nation was “finally” realising there was “no better place” to live, work, and raise a family.

“Business confidence is also high; we are smashing new home building approvals (and) single touch payroll figures show employment is strong, “ he said.

“My goal is to cement South Australia as the best place in the world to get a good job, buy a house and raise a family.”

Nationally, the statistics show most jurisdictions recorded a positive interstate migration for the December quarter, except for New South Wales (-5268), Victoria (-6536) and the Northern Territory (-296).

During that same period, Queensland gained the most interstate residents in the country with 9800 people relocating there.

There was also a net 43,000 Australians that moved away from capital cities to regional areas last year.

Only three capitals recorded net gains, being Brisbane with 13,000 people, Perth with 3500 and Canberra with 300.

Greater Sydney had the biggest loss with 31,600 people moving away from its city.

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