The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on Australia’s population, mostly due to international border restrictions limiting overseas migration. As a result, Australia's population is now expected to be smaller and older than was estimated prior to the onset of the pandemic.

Over the past year, restrictions have eased and Australia is adjusting to living with COVID-19. The 2022 Population Statement details how Australia’s population growth is projected to recover and how it is expected to change over the next decade, reflecting longstanding demographic trends like population ageing.

Part 1 of the statement explains how Australia’s estimated resident population is expected to grow from 25.7 million on 30 June 2021 to 29.9 million by 30 June 2033.

Part 2 of the statement analyses population growth and changes within the states and territories (including at the capital city and rest-of-state level) over the past year.

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