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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.

Recent population news


Analysis of ABS data release

23 December 2020

National, state and territory population, June 2020

Australia’s estimated resident population was 25.7 million people at June 30 2020. Annual population growth declined to 1.3 per cent, down from 1.5 per cent in the 2018-19 financial year.

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


Working with states, territories and local government

4 December 2020

Collaboration and harmonisation of population projections

States, territories and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) have agreed the first stage of harmonisation of population projections. This will mean greater consistency and greater ease in using and comparing population projections across states and territories.

Implementing the National Population and Planning Framework


Analysis of ABS data release

2 November 2020

Provisional Regional Internal Migration Estimates (PRIME), June 2020

COVID-19 has reduced the level of internal migration around Australia. The number of people moving interstate is down 9 per cent in the 12 months to June 2020. COVID-19 is also affecting the locations people are choosing to move to, with lower net migration to the state and territory capitals.

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.


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.