Australia’s population growth steady at 1.5% p.a.

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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  1. Andrew Smith says:

    Could be useful on the 1997-2019 population growth chart to note that the NOM was expanded in 2006 to include international students and others via the 12/16+ month residency.

    Hence, this increasing temporary ‘churn over’ of residents could explain the strong trend from 2007?

    • Yes, the 12/16 rule was implemented then, meaning that anyone in the country for 12 out of 16 months would be counted in the population – this replaced 12 months straight, which excluded students who (for instance) went home over the summer break. This could account for some of the increase, but not all of it, and the change would cause a temporary spike, not necessarily the sustained increase we’ve seen – unless linked with another factor like students staying permanently – because otherwise they eventually go home, and the churn of those leaving would balance those coming in.

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