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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator ANDERSON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - The Acting Minister for Immigration has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions -

1.   The Commonwealth Statistician has provided the following table showing the number of settlers - that is, persons who, on arrival in Australia, indicated that they came intending to settle - according to the State or Territory where they disembarked from the ship or aircraft which brought them to Australia.


The figures in the above table do not show the effect of settler arrivals on the population of the States. Many arrivals use interstate transport to complete their journeys. Others, even though their Stale of disembarkation is the same as their first address, move interstate shortly after arrival. Thus, many assisted migrants disembarking at Melbourne who proceed to the Migrant Reception Centre, Bonegilla, Victoria, may go to employment in other States soon after arrival.

Some indication of the pattern of settlement is provided by figures showing the States or 'Territories in which persons born overseas who had recently arrived in Australia were found at the time of the Census in 1961. In the following table, the numbers of persons who stated their period of residence us under six years but not under one year, are shown according to the year of arrival, ending June, which their answers at the Census would indicate.


The allocation of settler arrivals in the statistics to their intended State of first residence is a problem on which the Commonwealth Statistician has been working for some time. While there are inherent difficulties, it is hoped that a workable solution will be found as a result of his current investigations.

2.   No special arrangements are made by the Department of Immigration as to the number of migrants to be taken to each of the States. So far as migrants sponsored by individuals, firms or organisations are concerned, their State of residence on arrival is determined by the location of accommodation arranged by the sponsor. The placement of Commonwealth nominees is dependent upon a number of factors, such as any preference of the migrant, the availability of hostel accommodation at the time of arrival and prospects of employment according to occupation, lt is expected that at least 142,000 new settlers will arrive in Australia in the financial year 1964-65.

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