Publications

Planning for Australia’s Future Population

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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Planning for Australia’s Future Population

Shaping a Nation

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.  

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Fact sheets

Fact Sheet 1 - What is population?

What is population?

Population refers to the number of people in a particular geographical area

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Fact Sheet 2 - How does the population grow?

How does the population grow?

Population growth (or decline) occurs when people are born or die, arrive or depart

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Fact Sheet 3 - How is Australia’s population measured?

How is Australia’s population measured?

Population is measured by counting people where they usually live

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Fact Sheet 4 - Australia’s population growth in 2018

Australia’s population growth in 2018

Australia recorded 1.6 per cent population growth in 2018

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Fact Sheet 5 - Population changes in Australia’s capital cities in 2017-18

Population changes in Australia’s capital cities in 2017-18

Population change varied across Australia’s capital cities

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