Recent Australia Bureau of Statistics data indicates WA Labor’s migration programs are inducing internal migration into Greater Perth. Statistics show a significant rise in internal net migration after Labor opened up Perth to graduate visas and regional visas (See Chart 1 below).
Greater Perth reached its largest internal net migration figure since 2013 (1,400 people, Sep quarter, 2020). Impacting on Perth’s labour market with thousands of West Australian’s unemployed.
Internal migration into West Australia has increased at a time when border controls have tightened. Providing compelling evidence that state visas are the pull factor.
WA Labor’s regional visas for Perth strategy, may also be impacting farmers. Over the past 12 months, 1,450 people have left the WA regions to seek work in Perth.
This has occurred when WA farmers have been pleading with the State government to come up with policy solutions for extra workers to move to the regions. However, the McGowan government continue to allow regional visa holders to work in Perth.
(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2021)