Monday, August 5, 2019

Four generations of demographic change in Australia

The release of the historical population data by the ABS allows us to look at where we've come from to where we are today - with a demographic spin.  Since 1926, the Australian population has grown considerably, both in size and maturity.  Using 30 years to approximate a generation, this blog looks at three generations of change since 1926, and one generation into the future - 2046.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Population growth in NSW is deceptively strong

In the second half of 2018, the population of NSW surpassed the 8 million mark.  This milestone has been somewhat overlooked in the current discourse around the challenges associated with rapid population growth in Australia.  For the last decade, the population growth rate in NSW has been at or around the national average.  But don't let this fool you - the volume of growth has exceeded 100,000 persons per annum since 2013.  This milestone was only reached twice prior to 2000.  This blog looks beyond the growth rate to examine the dynamics of population change in NSW.

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Maori population in Australia

One of the great attributes of Census data is the ability to look at the characteristics of Australia's ethnic communities.  In many cases there is simply no other data source available.  Ethnic communities are typically measured through birthplace, language and/or ancestry, and Census data has the added advantage in that many variables can be cross-tabulated to provide rich insights into these communities.  This blog uses 2016 Census data to examine some of the characteristics of the Maori community in Australia.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Australia in 2018

Last week the ABS released its quarterly demographic publication - Australian Demographic Statistics (Cat. no. 3101.0).  This contains demographic data up to December 2018, providing an overview of the Australian population for the full calendar year.  What are the highlights in this latest population data release?