Australian Population Jumps by 1028 Per Day

April 2, 2013 • Daily Email Recap

Australian Population Jumps by 1028 Per Day

THE Australian population is set to reach 23 million in just four weeks, due primarily to an immigrant arriving every two minutes and 20 seconds.

The 23 millionth person is more likely to be a migrant than a new baby, experts estimate.

Federal government figures show overseas arrivals account for more than half of Australia’s population growth, outstripping the natural increase from births since 2005.

But the increase is also due to the birth of one baby almost every two minutes, with 300,000 babies born every year.

The fertility rate is now 1.88 babies per woman – up from an all-time low of 1.73 babies per woman in 2001, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show.

But our fertility rate has been well below the population replacement rate since the mid-1970s.

With Australia growing by two million people since 2007 alone, the population is forecast to hit almost 40 million by 2050.

The Herald Sun can reveal the ABS expects the 23 million mark to be reached late next month, after originally forecasting it to happen in June.

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