Pre COVID-19, there was increasing dialogue and evidence around the growing attractiveness of regional Australia and its role in distributing the benefits of immigration-led population growth.
Australia should be planning for an additional 13 million migrants by 2060, according to the Productivity Commission’s forecasts in 2016 – that may still be the case.
However, half-way through 2020 and we are dealing with a different dynamic. Our national borders are closed and will undoubtedly look different once they reopen and net overseas migration is expected to fall to the same level as it did in the early 1990s. The role of regional Australia is now more important than ever, but for different reasons.