Australia Population 2024


Australia is lying between the Pacific and Indian oceans in the Southern Hemisphere, Its fifty-third populous country in the world. Australia population in 2024 is expected to be 26.71 million, It is the largest country in Oceania with an area 7,692,024 sq km (2,969,907 sq mi) and the sixth-largest country by total area in the world. 61.4% of annual growth was due to natural increase, and 38.6% was due to net overseas migration. Life expectancy increased by 25 years since the early 1900s. Australia Government will hold a national referendum in 2023 to decide constitution changes in favor of its long-suffering Indigenous population. Australia's capital is Canberra, and most populous and economic activity areas are Sydney and Melbourne. Australia is a relatively prosperous independent country, Historically is the part of the British Empire and now a member of the Commonwealth. Lying on the Indo-Australian Plate, Australia with its larger size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with tropical rainforests in the north-east, mountain ranges in the south-east, south-west and east, and desert in the centre. Australia is highly urbanized, with 67% of the population living in the urban city areas, Metropolitan areas with more than one million inhabitants are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The population increased from 4 million in 1901 to 25.6 million in 2020. Australians living in urban areas increased from 60% in 1911 to 90%. In 1901, just over one in three Australians (1.3 million) lived in capital cities. Fertility fell from 3.1 births per woman in 1921 to 1.8 in 2019. Job sector for women and social transformations during the period of 1960 and 1970, including increase of female participation in the labour force led to a rapid decline in the average number of babies per Australian woman. After World War II, People migrated to Australia from European countries particularly from Italy, Greece and the former Yugoslavia. dismantling of the White Australia policy and broadening of Australia's immigration policies in 1973, new migrants have arrived from all parts of the world notably from east and south Asia, led to increasing the diversity of Australia's population. English is the first language for the majority of the population, Since European settlement, it is de facto national language, English being the most language spoken in the home for 72% of Australians.

Population Indicators
Birth Rate12.6
Infant Mortality3.6
Fertility Rate1.8
Death Rate5.3
Life Expectancy (M)81
Life Expectancy (F)85

Australia Population Indicators
Birth rate is 12.6 births/1000 people in 2019. Infant Mortality is 3.6/1000 live births in 2019. Fertility rate is 1.8 births per woman in 2017. Death rate is 5.3 deaths/1000 people in 2019. Life expectancy for male is 81, and for female is 85.

Below table is the population of Australia from 1960 to 2020:
Source : worldbank

Racial Groups in Australia

In 2019, those born in England (986,000 people) continued to be the largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 3.9% of Australia's total population. This year, the growing overseas-born residents from Sri Lanka has moved into 10th position, replacing Scotland.

Australia's population by country of birth - 2019. The proportion of Australians born overseas was just under 29%. However, this varies across the nation. At the state and territory level, the proportion of the population born overseas are Western Australia had the highest proportion at 35%, Tasmania had the lowest at 13%, New South Wales at 30%, Victoria at 31%, Queensland at 24%, South Australia at 24%, The Northern Territory at 23%, The Australian Capital Territory at 28%.

Country of birth2019 Population (x 1000)
New Zealand570
South Africa194
Sri Lanka140
All overseas-born7,530
Country of Birth, Reference

According to migration data, Overseas migration to and from Australia in 2019, resulted in a net increase to Australia's population of 239,600 people. There were 537,800 overseas migrant arrivals, a slight increase reversing the decline seen in 2018. There were 298,200 overseas migrant departures which is the highest number on record. Temporary visa holders were the majority of overseas migrant arrivals (64.3%) and overseas migrant departures (52.8%).

Net overseas migration has remained above 180,000 people since 2006. After a 9.5% decrease in 2017-18 migrant numbers remained relatively steady in 2018-19.

YearYearly Migration

Saint Denis was the first bishop of Paris and patron saint of France, The city Sydney was named after "Saint Denis". Melbourne in Australia was previously called Batmania. Brisbane is named after Sir Thomas Brisbane (1773–1860), was a British Army officer. Adelaide was named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the city was founded in 1836. Perth in Western Australia is named after Perth in Scotland. Hobart is the capital and populous city of the Australian state of Tasmania, named after Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckingham. Darwin is known for its wildlife nestled in and out of the city. Darwin was originally founded as Palmerston in 1869, although the port was always known as Port Darwin, Lort Stokes named the harbour after his former shipmate British evolutionist Charles Darwin. Canberra name is popular and derived from the word Kambera or Canberry, means "meeting place" in Ngunnawal, one of the Indigenous languages spoken in the district by Aboriginal Australians that was before Europeans. Australia population in 2023 is expected to be 26.14 million, population in 2022 is expected to be 25.7 million, and in 2021 is expected to be 25.8 million.

CitiesPopulation, June 2019
Total capital cities17,160,368
Australia Cities Reference

Before 1900, there was no actual country called Australia, the continent is divided into six colonies namely New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia and they were governed like six rival countries.

StateBirthsDeathsNatural IncreaseInternal ArrivalsInternal DeparturesNet Internal MigrationOverseas ArrivalsOverseas DeparturesNet Overseas Migration2020 Estimated Resident Population
New South Wales97,94655,23342,71389,873110,760-20,887172,953114,62658,3278,167,532
South Australia18,91113,9944,91723,72625,886-2,16027,84912,91214,9371,770,375
Western Australia32,69914,95617,74329,21131,621-2,41050,40925,44024,9692,663,561
Northern Territory3,6051,0802,52513,51716,214-2,6974,0883,916172246,143
Australian Capital Territory5,5662,1893,37720,39421,044-6509,5277,1592,368431,380
Australia States Reference

History of Australia

Today the population of Australia consists of more than 270 ethnic groups. Australia lately explored by Europeans in 1788. Before to European explorers, the first Aboriginal explorers had arrived from Asia, and is expected by around 20,000 years ago that they they had moved to the mainland of Tasmania. When Captain Arthur Phillip of the British Royal Navy landed with the First Fleet at Botany Bay in 1788, there may have been a expected of around 250,000 and 500,000 Aboriginals presence in these region. They are largely nomadic hunters and gatherers. The expansion of British control over other areas of the continent began in the early 19th century, initially confined to coastal regions. By 1850, Europeans still had not entered large areas of the inland. The effects of the British occupation of this land would be devastating and most significantly without having been subjected to the English diseases, a smallpox epidemic would wipe out approximately 70% of the Aboriginal population and as it spread beyond the coastal regions, continued to have devastating effects on the native population. Explorers remained ambitious to discover new lands for agriculture. The momentum of finding gold rushes beginning in the early 1850 led to an influx of new migrants from China, North America and Europe.

The Aboriginal people failed to extinguish their culture due to the persecution and political indifference shown toward them. Aboriginal community's "Land Rights" became a cry of political movement. The number of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, though still only were a small fraction of the total population, their population is increased dramatically in the last decades of the 21th century, increasing from 115,000 in 1971 to some 550,000 in the 2011 census.

Since from start of 19th century the Chinese were attracted for the cheap labour jobs in the goldfields, In 1850, tens of thousands of Chinese people arrived to provide a key manpower source. After the gold rushes, many Chinese miners returned home to their families in China, but others stayed back.

Due to the popular gold rush, Italian migrants moved to Australia in 1850 for mining jobs, The first Italian community was established in Victoria, After the gold ran out in the region, many Italians remained in Australia and established agricultural communities in other parts of the country. Like the Chinese, many Italian migrants came from rural backgrounds, which helped them to excel in farming.

Overseas migration is the main driver of Australia population growth, accounting for just over 55% of Australia’s population increase since 2001. From 2001 to 2016, Australia's population increased by just over 25% to reach 25 million in 2019.

Population Projection

YearPopulation (Million)
Source:UN Population Stats

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