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The redistribution of regional population and employment during the economic boom in Australia

Garnett, A.M.ORCID: 0000-0002-0819-7982 (2010) The redistribution of regional population and employment during the economic boom in Australia. In: 39th Australian Conference of Economists (ACE), 27 - 29 September, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Throughout the 1990s, there were significant changes in population and employment distribution throughout many regions of Australia. Of notable significance were the high population and employment growth rates in outer-metropolitan areas and also in coastal areas. Growth rates in capital cities and in rural and remote areas of Australia were much lower. A combination of changes in industry mix, together with new technologies, and policy and regulatory changes are likely contributory factors. In some cases, drought, lifestyle choices and welfare-led interregional migration also appear likely to have contributed to population and employment changes. These changes have impacted on the characteristics and composition of the population and labour force in various regions. The purpose of this paper is to examine population and employment changes by region into the 2000s, and to identify any changes from the previous decade. Emerging trends will be identified and the possible causes of any new trends will be examined. This will provide insight into the needs and policy issues facing particular regions in Australia, including issues such as skills shortages and economic and social infrastructure provision.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): Murdoch Business School
School of Arts
School of Asian Studies
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