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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

31 March 2021

Provisional Mortality statistics January–December 2020

The number of doctor-certified deaths in December was above the 2015–19 average. Cumulatively in 2020, the total number of doctor-certified deaths (140,363) was in line with the number of cumulative doctor-certified deaths on average over the previous 5 years (140,471). Weekly deaths due to respiratory diseases were lower than the 2015–19 average from late April until beginning of December.

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

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Analysis of ABS data release

30 March 2021

Regional population, 2019-20

Compared to 2018-19, population growth in 2019-20 in most capital cities declined, while growth in regional areas increased, mainly driven by fewer regional residents moving to the capital cities. The decline in capital cities was primarily driven by a decline in net overseas migration due to international border restrictions.

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

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Analysis of ABS data release

18 March 2021

National, state and territory population, September 2020

Australia’s population declined by 4,200 people in September quarter 2020, the first recorded quarterly decline since the beginning of the series in 1981. Annual population growth remained positive, slowing to just below 0.9 per cent in the year ending September 2020.

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

Population topics

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.