Population Statements

The Centre for Population’s annual Population Statements provide a comprehensive look at how the Australian population has changed and how we expect it to change in future.

Statements

2022 Population Statement

This Population Statement is the Centre’s third release in an annual series that provides a comprehensive national picture of how the Australian population has changed and how we expect it to 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.

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.

Statements

2020 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.

Research

The Centre’s published research papers providing insights into Australia’s changing population.

Research

OECD: Working Paper on Regional Productivity, Local Labour Markets and Migration in Australia

This is the first working paper from the Centre for Population & OECD’s Migration and Regional Development Project. It describes the characteristics and geographic distribution of migrants in Australia and offers an overview of recent trends in Australia’s regional employment and productivity. It also provides insights on the relationship between migration, employment, and productivity in Australia, as well as in other OECD member countries.

Research

W.D. Borrie Lecture: Health Inequalities in the COVID Pandemic: Evidence from Australia

The W.D. Borrie Lecture was delivered at the Australian Population Association Conference on 23 November 2022 by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury. The speech analyses COVID mortality in Australia and how the health burden of the pandemic has impacted the most disadvantaged people in the Australian community.

Research

2022-23 Budget: Australia’s Future Population

This release draws out the population analysis and assumptions from the 2022‑23 Budget and explores how recent events related to the COVID‑19 pandemic have impacted the growth of our population.

Population policy documents

View overarching publications related to population policy.

Policy documents

2021 Intergenerational Report

The report projects an outlook for the economy and the Australian Government’s budget over the next 40 years. It examines the long-term sustainability of current policies and how demographic, technological and other structural trends may affect the economy and the budget.

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.

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.

Media releases

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Media

2021 Population Statement

The Australian Government has today released the 2021 Population Statement providing new analysis of the impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic on Australia’s population.

The Statement also provides additional detail about the population estimates used in the 2021‑22 Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

For details of this announcement visit the Assistant Treasurer's website.