Migrants to call regional Australia home under Government’s new population plan

Thousands of new migrants could soon be banned from living in some of the country’s busiest cities under a new plan by the Federal Government.

It’s understood Population and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge will outline the Morrison Government’s soon-to-be-released population policy in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Under the changes, migrants will be forced to live outside Sydney, Melbourne and South East Queensland for up to five years under restricted visas.


It’s all in a bid to “address ­unplanned population growth” and ease congestion in the major cities, The Australian reports.

Speaking on ABC Breakfast on Tuesday morning, Minister Tudge revealed “smaller states” are “crying out for more workers”.

“I’ve spoken to the South Australian Premier and he said that he wants to grow the state of South Australia by 20,000 people every year and he’ll have the work there to do it, so the work is there,” Mr Tudge said.

“There are regional areas and smaller states that want to grow more quickly, and it takes pressure off the bigger populations.”