Box 5c: Tasmania's migrants by age
At interstate level, Tasmania tends to lose younger migrants and gain older ones. As the accompanying graph for interstate migration shows, this pattern is highly consistent year-to-year, and occurs even when net migration is strongly positive, as occurred during the 2003-2004 period when the state received a net interstate migration gain of 2,754 persons (when international migrants were added the total gain was 3,274). NB revised
The net interstate gain for that year (2003-04) was comprised of 745 at age 0-14 years, a loss of 783 at age 15-29, and a gain of 2,612 at 30+ years. The largest single loss occurred at age 20-24 (388 persons), and the largest single gain at 55-59 years (436 persons). Importantly, a net gain of some 1,281 persons aged 30-49 is related to the gain of 745 persons aged 0-14, who presumably did not migrate on their own; one could presume that the latter are the children of at least some of the former.
Also of note in relation to the age profile of Tasmania's migrants is that while the state tends to gain older migrants, the median age of such arrivals is somewhat below that of Tasmanian 'stayers' - that is, those who did not move between two census years. Thus interstate arrivals assist in reducing the increase in the median age caused by the youthfulness of interstate leavers.