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Statements

2021 Population Statement

This Population Statement is the Centre’s second release in an annual series that provides a comprehensive national picture of how the Australian population has changed and how we expect it to change in future.

The National Population and Planning Framework tasks the Centre for Population to prepare an annual Population Statement as part of national efforts to increase understanding about populations, population change and its implications for all levels of government.

Recent key data releases

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Analysis of ABS data release

Mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic

This note draws on data from Provisional Mortality Statistics, Jan 2020 – Dec 2021 and from Measuring Australia’s excess mortality during the COVID‑19 pandemic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It covers the period when infections and deaths from the Delta variant were most prevalent. While the Omicron variant was first detected in Australia in November 2021, deaths from the virus have been highest in early 2022.

Centre for Population analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics data release

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Analysis of ABS data release

Regional Population, 2020-21

This release reveals the uneven distribution of COVID‑19 on Australia’s population.

In 2020‑21, the combined capital cities population declined for the first time on record.

Overall, this was driven by a large net outflow of overseas migrants from capital cities as well as increased internal migration from capital cities to regional areas.

Regional areas grew at a similar rate to the previous year. This was driven by record levels of internal migration.

Centre for Population analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics data release

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Analysis of ABS data release

National, state and territory population, September 2021

Centre for Population analysis of the National, state and territory population publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Centre for Population analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics data release

About the Centre for Population

The Centre for Population was established in 2019 to better understand how Australia’s population is changing and the implications of these changes.

About the Centre

Publications

These are the Australian government’s flagship releases on population.

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Policy documents

Planning for Australia’s Future Population

The Government is easing population pressures on Australia’s big capitals and supporting the growth of smaller cities and regions. By managing the rate of growth through the migration program and planning and investing in infrastructure, housing and services, the Government is ensuring that we are meeting the needs of current and future generations.
National Population and Planning Framework

Policy documents

National Population and Planning Framework

The National Population and Planning Framework was agreed by COAG in February 2020. The Framework seeks to enhance the ability of jurisdictions to manage their individual population circumstances by offering all levels of government greater visibility of each other’s population planning processes. It also seeks to encourage greater cooperation and transparency, with a focus on areas of mutual interest.