Victoria has stamped itself as the nation's preferred destination with the latest population data confirming a new record for net interstate migration.
More than 11,000 people flocked to Victoria from other states and territories over the year to 30 September, 2015 - the highest of any jurisdiction in Australia.
This was coupled with strong population growth which has pushed Victoria's population to just under six million people - more than a quarter of the nation's population.
Victoria's population growth of 1.7 per cent was above the national average of 1.3 per cent.
Victoria added 29 300 persons over the quarter - the highest of all states. This represents more than a third (35.5 per cent) of the national increase.
Treasurer Tim Pallas said Victoria's strong economic activity, jobs growth and a steady pipeline of major infrastructure projects were all contributing factors to the population surge.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“What we are seeing is people responding to Victoria’s economic stability and favourable outlook under the direction of the Andrews Labor Government.”
“Victoria is a great place to grow a family, a great place to get a job and, above all, a great place to build a future.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020