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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

Provisional Mortality Statistics, October 2021

Cumulatively in 2021 (until 31 October), the total number of doctor-certified deaths (124,200) was higher than the number of doctor-certified deaths in 2020 (119,200), and higher than the average over 2015‑19 (118,800). The monthly number of doctor-certified deaths in October 2021 was higher than in October 2020 and the 2015‑19 average. From August to October, weekly doctor-certified deaths were not significantly higher in 2021 than the 2015‑19 average, despite a large increase in new COVID‑19 infections over this period. Age standardised death rates for total doctor-certified deaths in 2021 have been below the 2015‑19 average, suggesting that the increase in the number of cumulative deaths (when compared to 2015‑19) reflects a change in the size and age structure of the population rather than an increase in mortality.

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, June 2021

The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) of Australia was 25.7 million people at 30 June 2021, around 34,300 people larger than at 31 March 2021. Population growth for the year ending 30 June 2021 was around 0.2 per cent (46,000 people), down from 1.3 per cent for the year ending 30 June 2020. This is the lowest recorded financial year growth since 1916-17 when growth was 0.0 per cent.

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

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Analysis of ABS data release

Provisional Mortality Statistics, June 2021

Cumulatively in 2021 (until 27 June), the total number of doctor-certified deaths (69,200) was higher than the number of doctor-certified deaths in 2020 (67,000), and higher than the average over 2015–19 (64,800). The weekly number of doctor-certified deaths in June 2021 was higher than in June 2020, and above the 2015–19 average. Age standardised death rates in June were below the 2015–19 average, suggesting that the increase in the number of deaths (when compared to 2015–19) is largely driven by a change in the size and age structure of the population rather than an increase in mortality.

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.

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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.