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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

16 September 2021

National, state and territory population, March 2021

The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) of Australia was 25.7 million people at 31 March 2021, around 21,000 people larger than at the end of December 2020. Population growth for the year ending March 2021 was around 0.1 per cent (35,700 people), down from 0.5 per cent for the year ending December 2020. This is the lowest recorded annual population 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

3 August 2021

Provisional Regional Internal Migration Estimates (PRIME), March 2021

In the year to March 2021 there was a recovery in the number of interstate moves, with 371,000 people moving interstate compared with 354,000 moves in the year to December 2020. This recovery was driven by the highest number of interstate moves for a March quarter since 1996, with around 104,000 people moving.

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

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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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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.