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Skilled labour migration flows to Australia’s Northern Territory 2001-2006 beyond periphery?


  • Dean Carsen

    () (Charles Darwin University)


This research describes the Australian domestic skilled labour migration system as recorded at the 2006 Census, and specifically examines the role of the Northern Territory within that system. The international literature suggests that most labour migration conforms to core-periphery (CP) patterns, although there is evidence that other structures are becoming increasingly common. There is little known about CP patterns for labour migration within Australia, the emergence of alternative structures, or what role the Northern Territory plays in the national system. This research shows consistently strong CP structures within Australia's States, but not in the Northern Territory. Instead, the NT has weak links to mainland State capital cities; a weak CP relationship with South Australia that may be a result of historical ties; and weak relationships with immediately adjacent regions. The challenge for the Northern Territory is to strengthen one or more of the structures or risk increasing difficulties in recruiting skilled workers.

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  • Dean Carsen, 2011. "Skilled labour migration flows to Australia’s Northern Territory 2001-2006 beyond periphery?," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 14(1), pages 15-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:14:y:2011:i:1:p:15-33

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    Demographic Trends and Forecasts Labour Demand Particular Labour Markets;

    JEL classification:

    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J48 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Particular Labor Markets; Public Policy


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