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Population Statement

This Population Statement is the first in an annual series that will provide a comprehensive national picture of how the Australian population has changed and how we expect it to change in the 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.

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Analysis of ABS data release

25 June 2021

Provisional Mortality Statistics, March 2021

Cumulatively in 2021 (until 28 March), the total number of doctor-certified deaths (31,363) was higher than the number of cumulative doctor-certified deaths in 2020 (30,900), and higher than the average over 2015–19 (29,752). The weekly number of doctor-certified deaths in March 2021 was higher than in 2020, and above the 2015–19 average. However, age standardised death rates in March were lower than in 2020, and below the 2015–19 average, suggesting that the increase in deaths is driven by a change in the size and age structure of the population.

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

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Analysis of ABS data release

17 June 2021

National, state and territory population, December 2020

The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) of Australia was 25.7 million people at 31 December 2020, around 6,900 people larger than the last quarter in September 2020. Population growth for the year ending December 2020 was 0.5 per cent (136,000 people), down from 1.5 per cent in the year ending December 2019. This is the lowest growth for a calendar year since 1916 when growth was -1.0 per cent.

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

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Analysis of ABS data release

4 May 2021

Provisional Regional Internal Migration Estimates (PRIME), December 2020

The impacts of COVID continue to reduce the number of residents moving interstate. In the calendar year 2020, 354,000 residents moved interstate, down 10.6 per cent compared to 2019. This was driven by less people leaving the regions for the capital cities, rather than a pickup in people moving from capitals to the regions.

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

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The population topics series provides short snapshots on important population concepts and issues.

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

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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.

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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.