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Responding to the population dynamics driving Australian cities

Population dynamics in cities related to factors including economic opportunity, migration policy, changing demographic characteristics and patterns of household formation

Australia is a highly urbanised nation with around two-thirds of the population living in a city. Population growth is concentrated in Australia’s major capital cities, with growth rates of 1.8 per cent between 2018 and 2019 being significantly higher in capital cities than in the rest of the nation (which grew by 1.0 per cent on average and had some areas experiencing population decline in 2018). Facilitating population growth features strongly within metropolitan planning strategies and infrastructure reports.

The Brief on ‘Population’ refers to the population dynamics in Australia’s major capital cities, smaller and regional cities, the settlement of migrants and demographic changes in ageing and household formation.