Moving to Australia from NZ – Latest Migration Trends

Guest blog: Steve Smith – Ausmove New Zealand Limited

Welcome to our first monthly commentary on the migration behaviours between New Zealand and Australia

The latest migration statistics released yesterday by Statistics New Zealand show a continued trend for New Zealanders moving to Australia to the previous months of this year.

July 2017 saw a 4% increase on July 2016 with 1877 kiwis crossing the Tasman to live long term in Australia.

This resulted in a 5% increase for the 12 months ended July 2017 on the 12 months ended July 2016.

24,959 people made the move to Australia in the 12 months compared to 23, 843 for the corresponding 12 months of 2016.

The number was only fractionally down on the 25,094 that migrated in the 12 months ended July 2015.

So as far as the numbers are concerned it is business as usual with no major spike or drop in the number of New Zealanders relocating to Australia.

This trend and the actual numbers are no surprise with Australia’s economy steady but not back to the boom-days since the mining sector reduced dramatically, particularly in Western Australia.

The east coast of Australia remains the preferred option for the majority of Kiwis with many younger professionals choosing Sydney or Melbourne as their new home.

The warm weather of Queensland continues to attract New Zealand families and retirees to destinations such as the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. A recent announcement of 8 billion dollars of infrastructure spending in Brisbane will certainly please anyone thinking about moving to Australia from NZ in the near future.

Thank you Steve Smith from the Moving to Australia team

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