Australia’s Population Growth Remains Steady Despite Pandemic’s Impact

Australia’s Population Growth Remains Steady Despite Pandemic’s Impact

According to recent population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, NSW has experienced the greatest number of people leaving their home state.

In the year ending September 30, 2022, NSW’s net interstate migration suffered a population loss of 37,914.

Victoria also witnessed a significant exodus of residents, with 15,569 fewer people inside its state borders during the same period.

In contrast, Queensland seemed to pick up a lot of the population slack from the other states, with 46,623 people migrating to the sunshine state.

There was also an influx of people from the east moving to Western Australia, with 11,658 people arriving from interstate.

Australia’s population grew by 1.6 per cent, similar to its growth in the years before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The natural increase in population was 114,800, with 302,900 births and 188,000 deaths registered.

The number of deaths in Australia increased by 10.8 per cent, mainly due to Covid-19, according to the ABS.

There were 536,900 overseas migration arrivals and 233,200 departures, resulting in Australia’s population growing by 303,700 people from overseas migration.

While Melbourne may have suffered a significant pandemic-prompted mass exodus, figures released earlier this year showed it will become Australia’s largest city within a decade.

Melbourne’s population growth was hit harder than any other major city during the pandemic, declining from 1.8 per cent in 2018-10 to -1.6 per cent in 2020-21.

However, the city’s population growth is set for a turnaround, with Victoria expected to exceed 7.9 million people by mid 2032.

Predictions indicate that in 2031, six million people will be living in Melbourne, before rising to 6.1 million the year after.

That figure will exceed Sydney’s, however, NSW will remain the most populated state.

The state will grow from 8.1 million people on June 30, 2021, to 9.1 million by 2032-33.

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