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What’s happening to South Australia’s population?

How are COVID-19 restrictions impacting South Australia’s population growth? In today’s blog, Glenn looks at how the effects of the pandemic relate to South Australia compared to (the more talked about) New South Wales and Victoria.

Queensland drives Australia's population growth while Victoria declines

Part of our ongoing monitoring of new population data, this blog sees Glenn unpack the December 2020 quarter release, focusing on how natural increase, overseas migration and interstate migration combine to...

Telling the local story of migration in the COVID era

With international migration on hold, population pundits are paying close attention to internal migration around Australia. Glenn takes a look at the trends in the latest data and showcases how to tell this...

Exodus from Sydney and Melbourne accelerates in late 2020

In this latest blog in our series on new migration data, Glenn explores the figures from the December 2020 quarter and discusses the emerging trends for people moving around Australia.

How did the first few months of COVID-19 impact population growth in Capital cities and Regional Australia?
By Andrew Rossiter / 04 May, 2021

The recent release of the Annual Population Estimates for Local Government Areas from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been an excellent opportunity for our Local Government Population Forecast...

The 50 largest cities in Australia | 2021 update

An updated (pandemic edition) of this blog has been published. See the 2022 table of Australia’s largest cities here.

Population growth slows in 2020 but Perth is the fastest growing LGA

Glenn explores the annual regional population data release from the ABS, telling the story of population growth and decline across Local Government Areas and the impact we’re seeing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Migration out of Sydney and Melbourne continues in the September quarter

The ABS has released a new quarter’s worth of migration data, giving further insight into how the pandemic is affecting migration patterns around Australia. In today’s blog, Glenn summarises the latest...

COVID-19 pandemic rapidly slowing Australia's population growth

The latest population figures for Australia includes the March–June 2020 quarter, giving us a key insight into how the pandemic is affecting population changes. In this blog, Glenn breaks down the figures from...

Australia’s birth rate falls to the lowest in a century

The ABS has just released the count of births and birth rate for the 2019 calendar year, recording a significant decrease in the nation’s birth rate. In this blog, Glenn explores Australia’s historic birth...

Exodus from Melbourne to the regions during the pandemic

How will the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of working from home affect where people choose to live? Does everyone want a treechange? Have people been moving out of Melbourne during lockdown? The ABS has...

Australia’s population growth turns down even before COVID-19

In the latest population figures from the ABS, we see national population growth trending slightly downward. As these figures are for the quarter ending December 2019, they pre-date the impacts of COVID-19 in...

Chart: what happens to statistics when you close the borders

Last week, the ABS unsentimentally released this month’s Overseas arrivals and departures figures, revealing the full extent of one of the most significant demographic events to hit Australia in a generation: a...

Working from home – the new reality, or business as usual?

In this article, Glenn takes a look at the much-discussed phenomenon of working from home. While COVID-19’s long-term impact on our working lives is yet to be seen, the 2016 Census provides an important...

The 50 largest cities and towns in Australia, by population | 2020 update

In this 2020 update of the most popular series of blogs on our website, Glenn goes through the largest urban centres in Australia and provides a population update to June 2019.

Migration within Australia – strongest out of Sydney

This is the third blog on the Regional Population Growth 2018-19, which was released in late March by the ABS. This publication looks at population in June 2019, and is the main source of population updates for...

The Rise of Tasmania

Something remarkable has happened in the last few years, for keen observers of population growth in Australia. Our smallest state, Tasmania, is growing again! In fact, in the last 2 years, the Apple Isle has...

Australians are living longer than ever before – how long do I have left?

Recently the ABS released a brand new set of Life Tables, covering the 2016-2018 period. This may sound like some dull statistical publication, only of interest to boffins (and I do count myself as one). But...

Where do overseas migrants go in Australia?

Overseas migration has been – and continues to be – a significant part of Australia’s population growth in recent years. In this, the second part of his Components of population change series, Glenn looks at...

The PM’s population policy: a NOM event
By Andrew Hedge / 03 Apr, 2019

With last night’s budget, the Treasury published forecast assumptions about Net Overseas Migration (NOM) – the net effect of people coming to and leaving Australia. These figures contrast starkly with the...

A map of the fastest growing cities in Australia (2019 update)

With the release of the latest population figures from the ABS this week, Glenn gives us the highlights, including a map showing which local government areas are most affected by population changes and a...

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