Having talked with many people planning a move to Tasmania during the past three years, it is interesting that the circumstances of those wanting to move vary so significantly. I have worked with single people in their twenties through to singles and couples in their 60s and 70s.

A large number of the people who do want some help with the move, or just a little info, are those with young families. Tassie offers a way to get out of the rate race – for want of a better term – for those leaving large cities on the mainland.

Interestingly, during the recent summer we received a lot of enquiries from those wanting to escape the heat in Western Australia and have previously worked with people moving from Cairns and Brisbane for similar reasons. Our Tasmanian weather is a good thing!

The article below from the ABC talks about the age groups of those moving to Tasmania, which is a lot younger than you would imagine. Unfortunately many Tasmanians leave at a similar age, I imagine to seek other employment opportunities.

The median age of Tasmanians is the highest of all states at 40.8 years and the article below points to aged care being a growth industry as it is elsewhere as well.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that in the last couple of years the net interstate migration to Tasmania has been negative – so more people leaving than arriving. This is also the case for NSW, SA and NT. Queensland is consistently the state with the largest increase in migration from other states. You can see the stats for the past ten years here.

This story from the ABC.

Demographers dispel myths about Tasmania’s retirement village image

Demographers are trying to bust common myths about Tasmania’s ageing population and youth exodus, saying it is not all doom and gloom.

A forum in Hobart has tried to expose the myth that the state is becoming a retirement village.

Demographer Lisa Denny says the largest number of people moving to Tasmania are aged between 25 and 29, closely followed by the 30 to 34 age group.

“The challenge that we have is that more people in those aged groups are also leaving the state,” she said.

Twenty 20 per cent of the state’s population is over 65, but Ms Denny says that also provides an opportunity.

Over the next five years the aged care workforce will need to increase by 40 per cent, creating an extra 4,000 jobs.

“I think it’s really important to understand that an aging population doesn’t have to be all bad news.”

Glenview Aged Care’s Lucy O’Flaherty agrees, saying the sector should be seen as a growth opportunity.

“Aged care’s the new mining boom,” she said.

“There’s more opportunities in aged care now than there’s ever been and people really need to look at it as an opportunity rather than one of those issues as to how are we going to manage it.”

The sector is trying to engage school students to consider careers in aged care.

Demographer Amina Keygan says she is optimistic about Tasmania’s future.

“It does represent a huge opportunity for Tasmania to capitalise on, not only in terms of tourism and age appropriate tourism in our state, but also across our aged care sector,” she said.

Lee Veith of Aged Care Services Tas says the sector presents numerous opportunities outside nursing homes.

“Careers in the aged care services sector are not just care-related. We have business development, marketing, IT; we’re now recruiting chefs and maitre de and concierge.”