Australia Turns 23 (million)! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

With Australia’s population growth rate having just increased from 1.6% to 1.7%, the population milestone of 23 million will be reached this Tuesday, 23 April at 9.57pm Sydney time.

While this doesn’t sound like much in percentage terms, it is a population increase of 382,500 in the last year. Our current population increase is the equivalent of one new Coffs Harbour every 8 weeks, or one new Gold Coast every 19 months!

Population of Australia: 23 Million on 23 April, 2013 infographic

Twice the Size of 1966

In 1966 Australia’s population was 11.5 million and so it has taken just 47 years to double to 23 million. The global population doubled at a slightly faster rate, hitting 3.5 billion in 1968 and reaching 7 billion in late 2011, a period of just over 43 years.

World-Beating Growth Rate

The global population is increasing at 1.1% per annum, the fastest growing country in total numbers, India is growing at 1.4% while Australia’s growth is 1.7%.

But hitting 23,000,000 well after other nations

The population of the UK reached 23 million in 1830 and the USA got there in 1850!

Births Exceed 300,000

For the first time in Australia’s history, annual births have exceeded 300,000 in the last year. Keep in mind that the original Baby Boom which created Australia’s largest generation – the Baby Boomers, peaked out at 260,000 births in the early 1960’s.

Half as many Deaths as Births

While the birth rate has been growing, the death rate has been declining. A factor of increasing longevity, and an ageing population, is that the Standardised Death Rate (deaths per 1,000 population) has fallen to 5.59 and total annual deaths in the last year were 149,100.

Population Growth from Migration Increases, Proportion from Natural Increase declines

The Net Overseas Migration figure of 228,000 is an increase of almost one-third (32.2%) on the previous year. The proportion of population growth contributed by migration is now 60%, and the proportion from natural increase is 40%. Permanent overseas arrivals are expected to break the half-million mark this year, falling just short of this at 488,100 in the last 12 months, or 9,387 per week.

Queensland is the most chosen state

Analysis of interstate migration data shows that Queensland continues to be Australia’s most loved state, with arrivals from other states and territories into Queensland exceeding 1,700 per week, a total of 88,866 last year.

When interstate departures are subtracted from the interstate arrivals, NSW performed the worst nationally with a net loss of 18,378 to other states, while Queensland performed best with a net gain of 11,796 from other states.

Queensland was the No. 1 destination of three states (NSW, WA and NT) and NSW was also top for three (Victoria, Qld and ACT) ahead of Victoria’s two (SA and Tas.).

40 Million in 40 Years

Australia has been growing by a million people roughly every two and a half years. Even if the population growth rate stays the same, the speed of adding each new million will accelerate as the population base increases (for example our current birth rate of 1.9 is producing record birth numbers, even though in 1961 we had a birth rate of 3.5- because our population today is more than twice as large as it was then.) Even allowing for a slight slowing of the population growth rate, Australia’s population will exceed 40 million in the late 2050’s although if the growth rate continues its current strength, this milestone could easily be reached by the mid 2050’s.

Sources: ABS Australian Demographic Statistics, ABS Population Clock, McCrindle Research.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


education research pack sentiments paying to work statistics salary litter national crime rates property market summer snapshot qualitative research work-life easter NBRS Architecture shifts crime Social Trend analysis Netflix norwest balance Channel Seven australians staying home more life women national private wealth not-for-profit Vocational education apartments internship city Australian Trends jobs of the future transport demographic trends media commentary residents year 7 brand financial independence mccrindle rich contiki church clothing learning styles baby names FPA repayments keynote newspaper training wealth and income distribution #censusfail narcissism Population Clock research data cooking the hills shire social commentary sydneycity real news Sydney Hills Business Chamber award McCrindle Speakers results Adelaide baby name trends language mover and shaker couple employers sector wide study teleworking suburban living Scouts communication data visualisation TDE census fail the changing face of NBRS mobile SMSF research 24 million 2016 gen alpha future of education sunburnt country winter social life mythbusters growing population brand experience geomapping social lives trends analyst Generation X schools students media release housing thought leadership group session click Duchess of Cambridge ageing population focus groups organisational culture volunteers education research Christchurch baby public speaker middle class 1980 stats collaborative presentations Merry Christmas learner DESTEL Northern Beaches Christian School social trends meetings shopper's pick demography impact survey Australian Bureau of Statistics researcher states Tasmania students social shifts fresh educated collaboration SA shopping centre medicine blaxland mccrindle research Charlotte family property price year 12 daily commute sydney metro vegetarian waverton society trends etiquette January 26th wealth tableau cancel plans high school affordability educhat Aussie office space income Tuesday Trend community event car System's Architect sydney event sunny days finance alpha sector wide poker master property potts point trends of 2017 online FOMO housing growth workforce workshop Valentine’s Day relevant child care Word Up personal growth young people follow the hills moderators guide Gen X research services ABS grandparents tips twentyseventeen university degree breakfast professional development fears education future Tuesday Trends belief brands professional speaker ultimo manly REIV National Conference 2017 financial dreams Macquarie University cost of living student faith housing market youth unemployment Channel 7 publication rent communications ACF Wagga Wagga wages recap housing affordability optus my business awards The Daily Edition sun dare to dream office opening future proofing investing future of shopping work event future-proof criminal cultural diversity generational trends Australian Census new office local communities Kiwi millionth aged care puzzle wellbeing faux-ciliser aussie culture generation Z marketing moreton bay education future report purpose WA logan christmas new york times royal influence Caregiver social researcher marrickville buildings communities social impact unemployment bus GPO conference presentation renter of the future environmental scanning infographic wall Australia Day happiness study New South Wales in the media investor increasing densification resource VET Territory sector urban living index pharmacy divorce gender men brisbane trends list selfie demographic define faux-cilise non profit sydneysider media activity HSC teach baby names report NSW housing trends visual organisations sports victoria capital city 2014 Sydney keynote speaker healthy future goals resilience crows nest community Real Estate Institute of Victoria video authenticity eliane long weekend visualisation cash micro story Engineering Manager financial fears 2020 demographer affordable responsive employment Sydney Royals poor coffee socialising greatness omnibus staying in future of work work mates trends of 2016 social media shbc professional services cars consumer business index google deloitte Christmas season rental stress lifestyle business royal family huffington post land of the middle class entrepreneur national wealth New Zealand SRE events ashley fell house price rise teaching 1994 challenge tattoos insights dreaming average aussie Australian Dream Australian demographics anzac millennials NEETs business performance Kirsten Brewer annual income spend Wodonga online shopping darwin Do It Yourself friendship not for profit suburbs society English research report focus group 40 million graphs tuesday internet unaffordable australia google for education school students identity proactive Queensland overcast hello fresh thrive holidays leadership vegemite Love Australian Communities Trends workplace forecast living safe average sydneysider weekly earnings networking Canberra Melbourne economic entrepreneurs of today digital optimistic rise of local culture 10 years sydneysiders emerging trends high density living census culturally diverse Queensland: QLD generation alpha kate middleton food motivate Generation Y prince george earning demographic transformations local Financial Planning Week builders world 1968 easy rider Gen Y ethnography meals internships generation PSI urban living baby name predictions young australians wage capital cities program going out millenials workplace culture James Ward supply and demand Research Executive Financial Planning Association of Australia sustainable the australian dream mortgage presentation population CBD baby names australia report wealth and income teachers slideshare Western Australia high density cultural diveristy demographics area social enquiry financial future innovative data conference local community social researchers global trend census 2016 TAS New Zeland home divorce rate ideas hopes IT Specialists winter blues emerging generations report travel staff spirituality case study commuters social analysis Australia Day 2017 2012 pharmacies earnings youth ageing social leadership workshop micro apartments infographic bureau 2015 learning hornsby census results megatrends holiday retirement The ABC of XYZ christianity village sydney hills Work place names social research census data wealth distribution relational consumerism religion cica schools Wellington future australian communities forum university careers small business dessert market research earn population map mccrindle in the media Northern beaches Event friends learn insight goal royal baby Australian Families celebration townhouses suburb engagement financial cloudy days product entrepreneurial daily telegraph change wolloomooloo household Deaths mateship know the times curiosity data analyst budget shopping community engagement parents woolworths tea sydney speaker Crime Rates population milestone Hills Shire Council house price priorities trend tuesday gold coast perth government Northern Beaches hills shire average Australian mythbusting Hornsby Shire Council technology Assistant Store Manager outsourcing interactive economy conferences speakers Northern Territory Andrew Duffin ferry environment social change SMART Education Future Forum urban taskforce storytelling gen z post rationalism tertiary education apartment plans REIV Conference generations ACT EFF ease of travel VIC population growth award winner owning a home conference speaker public holiday engage Financial Planning Association "know the times" debate South Australia rule keeper Christmas lunch weather world youth day Bathburst 2016 census jobs mccrindle tea mining boom grave decision VET sector customer dream domestic personalities neutral bay professional home ownership energy panel baby name urban experience participants teacher tv charity ipswich equip career socialites Geoff Brailey bondi lalor park 2013 mentor forum children entertainment state high density apartments aged care CPI Myth growth innovation survey design global financial crisis skills Australians facts house prices optus princess charlotte quote Australian schools public speaking politics social issues ashley mckenzie families baby boomers home owner group media JOMO australian communities trends report social commentator offenders commute Australian Home low density changing face of sydney school satisfaction typical australian father's day pyrmont hobart NT mother's day cost keynote speaker intern Christmas presents marriages parenting forecasting DIY acf15 Births house Australian communities royal communicate cancelling plans water Skilling rain baby boom wedding nfp February 16 households office travelling cold seasons school debt global generations marriage in depth interviews cancelling event Aussies 23 million emerging technologies Mark McCrindle menai research visualisation the average aussie Australian Population futurist train Real Estate faux-cilising leader rising house prices future proof Res Vis monarchy christian eliane miles 1975 education sector 24,000,000 toys 2016 census results trades World Water Day investment cartodb ACF 2016 renting stay home australian social research