Australia is world leader in population growth

AUSTRALIA has the fastest population growth of any major developed country and projections show a reduced infrastructure spend per capita is putting huge pressure on major cities.

Australia Institute Executive Director, Richard Denniss said that since the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the population of Australia had grown by 25 per cent which is more than the entire population of Sydney at the time.

"There has been big increase in migration over the past decade. We're now adding 400,000 people - more than a new Canberra, every year."

The new report from The Australia Institute, Population Growth in Australia, reveals:

  •  Population growth rate has increased above historic trends, largely due to immigration.
  •  The ABS predicts population will be around 40 million in 2061 and up to 70 million by 2101.
  •  Almost all of these people will live in major cities.
  •  Australia has the fastest population growth of major developed countries.
  •  Despite rapid population growth, discussion around population policy and planning is almost non-existent.

"The next NSW Government is going to have to face up to the fact that the state is expected to add half a million people this term."

"That means building the equivalent of another Newcastle - every street and lamp post, every house, every building, buy every bus, plant every tree - all in four years." Denniss said.

OECD population growth rates, average between 2005 and 2013 (% per annum)