Tens of thousands of people are choosing regional Australia over the capital cities according to a new Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report tracking population movements between 2011 and 2016.

Deputy Prime Minister Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said The Big Movers: Understanding Population Mobility in Regional Australia report showed more and more Australians were attracted to the lifestyle benefits of our regions.

“Regional Australia is a great place to live and work and the Nationals in Government will continue to invest in the success and liveability of our regions to ensure it stays that way,” Mr McCormack said.

“If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven anything, it’s that you can work from regional Australia and do any job. The jobs that were once only attainable if you lived in a capital city can now be done from anywhere.

“This report will encourage even more Australians who have been considering a move, to discover what regional and rural lifestyles have to offer.”

The NSW Nationals welcome the news that 65,000 more people chose the regions over the cities, as we fight to support the growth of our communities. Not only does this bring opportunity to the regions, but it also helps the cities by busting congestion on urban roads and taking the pressure off housing and other services. It is great to see the trend of millennials moving to regional areas given so often they can spark life and vitality in these communities by becoming long-term community members.

The Big Movers report is available on the RAI website at http://www.regionalaustralia.org.au.