As Queensland and Western Australia continue to attract thousands of skilled workers to the mines, Victoria and Tasmania are both attracting plenty of people looking for non-mining jobs and/or a different lifestyle. As reported in The Australian, the current resources and mining boom hitting Australia is having a huge impact on increased employment vacancies and the need for overseas skilled workers, as each State competes for the numbers.
Western Australia is pulling workers out of Queensland for the first time but both states are, in turn, losing people to Tasmania as the mining boom reshapes the nation.
Queensland lost 1127 more people to WA than it gained last year -- one of the few times in the sunshine state's four-decade-long development that it has shed a large number of citizens to another state.
Nonetheless, Queensland retained its position as the most popular state for interstate migration last year, collecting 7243 more people in total than it shed to other states. But the figure was almost half the 2009 result of 13,814.
WA and Victoria each improved their standing last year. WA almost doubled its gain, from 2274 to 3944, while Victoria's increased from 1801 to 2870.
The surprise was Tasmania, which picked up 544 people from the mainland -- including 249 from NSW, 259 from Queensland and 104 from WA.
The data suggests a two-way competition for people in the national economy. The mining states of Western Australia and Queensland are drawing people from every state, while Victoria and Tasmania are attracting those chasing non-mining work, or a better lifestyle.
The population flows are seeing older workers such as Colin and Nenita Pike travel across the continent, from depressed Cairns to buoyant Perth, to start new lives.
"There's not much work over in Cairns and we heard there was plenty of work in Perth, so we just shot over," Mr Pike, 62, said.
"We heard the young ones from Perth are going out to the mines and leaving a hole in Perth. So we thought, instead of going out to the mines, well, go to Perth."
The move was triggered by Mr Pike being made redundant from his maintenance job at a Cairns nursing home. Within three weeks of arriving in Perth, the couple had found work; he in a plastic coating factory and she as a support worker in a nursing home.
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