Major setback to regional Australia as migration drops due to COVID

The Coronavirus pandemic has reduced overseas migration behind 26 per cent of regional population growth nationally. Certain places such as New England and Riverina in NSW, Warrnambool in southeast Victoria and the northwest region of that state have witnessed a drastic 50 per cent drop in usual migration numbers.

According to Centre for Population principal adviser, Merrick Peisley, a fall in overseas migration means regions that rely on overseas migration for population growth will likely be  hit the hardest.

Net overseas migration is expected to fall from 232,000 in 2018/19 to 154,000 in 2019/20.

The most dramatic drop will be in 2020/21 when the net number of migrants coming to Australia is expected to be 31,000.

Australia’s population is also forecasted to fall from 1.2 per cent in 2019/20 to 0.6 per cent the following financial year – the lowest in over 100 years due to COVID-19.


The drastic drop of overseas candidates has resulted in a faster processing of visa applications for migrants currently living in Australia. AABD has noticed an increase in the number of local migrants that are now eager to pursue their next step and seek employment with the intention of settling down permanently in Australia.

Many of these candidates are now eager to move into the regional areas and seek their ideal career.

If you are looking for any workers, regardless of their experiences, qualifications or respective field of expertise, AABD can help you find your ideal match. Our service fees start from zero dollars to employers. 

Working in the regional circuit for more than a decade, we believe it is our responsibility to provide our employers with the very best talent. Our parent company, Australia Migration Services, is a well-established migration firm that handles all visa/migration related matters and has processed numerous employer-sponsored visas, helping both candidates and employers reach a common ground. 

If you are looking to hire someone, let us know!