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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

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

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.

Research

Impact of policies on fertility rates

The Centre for Population has commissioned a report from the Australian National University that seeks to explain trends and drivers of fertility in Australia and better understand the impact of government policies on fertility decisions.

Research

Presentation: Internal migration and ageing in regional Australia

This presentation was given by the Centre for Population’s Executive Director, Damien White, at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s National Housing Conference on 2 March 2022. It presents data and forecasts of net internal migration patterns to regional Australia. It also presents modelling of internal migration by age, which helps to understand how internal migration shapes the age profile of regional areas.

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

Shaping a Nation: Population growth and immigration over time

Australia has long stood out from other similar nations as a country shaped by strong population growth and migration. Shaping a Nation traces the growth and changes in Australia’s population and migration story and the social, economic and fiscal impacts this has had.

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.

Media releases

View media releases related to population policy.

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.