Report defines Australian city trends

Report defines Australian city trends

Posted on Wednesday, July 31 2013 at 3:38 PM

State of Australian Cities 2013 is designed to present a comprehensive snapshot of the nation’s 18 major centres with more than 100,000 residents each.

Speaking at the report’s launch,
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the report provides an invaluable
resource for business people and government authorities.

“The structure of our cities has an enormous effect on

“Access to transport links, the changing structure of
employment, settlement and mobility all play a part in determining how well our
cities function economically.”

According to
the report, Australia’s three largest
cities – Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane – were all net losers of domestic
migrants despite high overall population growth rates.

“Sydney has increased its
population by 6.6 per cent since 2006 but saw a net loss of 20,249 domestic
migrants – almost four times greater than the next highest net loser of
domestic migrants – Melbourne.

“Overall, Melbourne has
increased its population by 9.7 per cent, however it lost 5540 domestic
migrants to other parts of Australia.

“Perth gained more
domestic migrants than any other city with 4977 more people moving there than
departing during the 2010/11 period.”

The next highest net
gainers of domestic migrants were the regional cities of Newcastle, Gold Coast/Tweed
and the Sunshine Coast.

The difference in house
prices between the inner and outer areas of Australia’s capital cities is large
and continuing to grow, according to the report.

“Given that real estate
markets are affected by population growth, high levels of in-migration (people
moving to the city), the growth of the mining sector and an already low supply
of houses, there will continue to be strong demand for housing and,
potentially, a smaller pool of affordable housing as competition becomes greater.”

Other key report
findings include:

  • Australia
    has one of the highest population growth rates in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
    Development (OECD).
  • In
    the 2011/12 year, the larger capitals grew almost 50 per cent faster than the
    rest of the country.
  • The
    manufacturing and retail sectors, which once drove jobs growth, are now
    employing a smaller proportion of Australians.
  • An
    increasing number of people are living further away from city centres in major
    cities while higher-skill, higher-paying jobs are becoming concentrated in
    central areas.
  • The
    median incomes of households in Australia have risen substantially in real
    terms, with particularly strong growth between 2003/04 and 2009/10.

The online report also
includes approximately 600 interactive maps with nearly 50 layers of
statistical information such as where employment is growing or which parts of
cities are being most affected by the ageing population.

State of Australian Cities 2013 can be viewed at

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