The survey results indicated that the majority of people moved to the Victoria region for lifestyle reasons rather than leaving Melbourne in search of job opportunities.
The trend of the movement has put great pressure on the regional real estate markets.
Figures published by Domain last month showed that almost all local government areas in the Victoria region saw double-digit house price growth over the past year as more people leave Melbourne.
The municipal areas of Loddon, Warrnambool, Mansfield, Surf Coast and Alpine saw the greatest growth.
Ghin said that local governments and councils are facing increasing pressure to provide infrastructure and meet the growing demand for services, such as health care.
And this could strain relations between newcomers and longtime residents who might struggle to afford a place to live, access schools or even find parking near shopping malls.
“That does start to create potential division in the community.”
But Ghin said he remained optimistic and hoped that ex-Melbourneans could bring skills and experience that would benefit regional employers and the communities they would relocate to.
Rural Councils Victoria committee chair Mary-Ann Brown said cottage prices were rising due to increased demand and Melbourneans were often able to pay more for regional houses after selling smaller properties. faces in the city
“The question is will that trend continue?” she said. “My feeling is that he probably will.”
But Brown, who lives in the western Victorian town of Dunkeld, said he had seen newcomers to rural communities build relationships as volunteers in local groups.
“These are people who have come into the community often by choice and wanted to make a contribution, so they got involved,” he said.
“They are bringing new skills, energy and ideas. That can be a really good thing.”
Many regional companies cannot attract workers.
The latest unemployment figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed unemployment fell to 3 per cent for the three months to February, compared with the regional average of 4 per cent.
Brown hopes the long commutes to and from Melbourne will encourage some workers to seek work locally.
The Australian Regional Institute’s chief economist, Kim Houghton, said job vacancies were rising despite a rise in population outside major cities. He said industries like education, law, accounting, health care and construction were struggling to find workers.