Between 1986 and 1991, Australia recorded unprecedented levels of interstate migration. Of the 800,000 people who moved interstate over this period, one in three migrated to Queensland. This thesis, through the construction of two econometric models, proposes that the migration flows to Queensland are characteristic of relative economic advantage. Results which mirror this proposition, suggest that labour market and state specific factors are significant determinants of the rate of net migration to Queensland.
Furthermore the specification of the models confirms that migration is a dynamic process in which information acquisition plays an integral role in the decision to migrate. The results also confirm that migration is a process which ensures that state policies do not remain insular; moves to improve the relative economic standing of one state will succeed in drawing population to that state with effects, that to this stage, remain speculative.