Australia’s strong population growth returns in 2022

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. Anthony Hawkins says:

    Do you have the data, or is the data available to understand the profile of those people that migrated interstate, or left Australia during the pandemic.

    I’m very interested to understand what is happening in the labour market and what the shift in skills is after all the dust has settled.

    I have a hypothesis that all those people that left or moved had the financial means, but more importantly the job and vocational skills to move away. There is definitely a skills and labour shortage currently in Victoria, but no one can say why, it also seems like no one cares, or is willing to point it out.

    But try and get a trades person out, try to recruit people for a role in your business, or talk to anyone in person and the labour market is simply mind boggling.

    Also, everyone is talking about historically low unemployment, I am more curious to know about how gainfully employed people are, or how underemployed people are, if you have any data or insight.

  2. David says:

    There are some polls that suggest a lot of concern about immigration and population. A TAPRI poll found 69% of people want no more population growth and a Nine Newspapers poll found 65% want lower migration. Labor and Liberal collude and commit to high migration, the people have nowhere to go, so neither party wears the cost.
    Elections are won and lost in marginal suburban electorates where people are very happy to swap parties if they think one side will give better schools, hospitals, traffic, infrastructure, wages etc. Not one of them is sitting in traffic thinking more people is a good idea. Whilst business benefits through getting lower cost Labour and planners architects investors developers builders and local , state and federal governments get more income from the high intake of migrants , the public suffers with more congestion on the roads and rail , and higher density suburbs eroding our lifestyle as well as pricing out our children or worse taking on an unacceptable amount of debt that the Banks are all to willing to lend to them as they also make more profit . They should all be ashamed.

  3. Andrew Smith says:

    On the other comment regarding the labour market, OECD demographic data trends, which the media does not utilise vs. annual snapshots, may explain.

    One the most significant underlying factors is ageing i.e. the working age cohort passed the demographic sweet spot pre Covid, followed by equally low & below replacement fertility, but preceded by now increasing numbers of retirees as the ‘baby boomer bomb’ transitions to retirement.

    OECD Working Age (15-64)

    OECD (2023), Working age population (indicator). doi: 10.1787/d339918b-en (Accessed on 08 February 2023)

    If this includes temporary residents including overseas students counted in under the NOM Net Overseas Migration formula, then the permanent population cohort, must be declining more sharply?

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