25 million and counting
The Australian population reached 25 million last night, and challenges remain in the distribution to regional and rural areas. Australia's population has multiplied by five in 100 years and has more than doubled since the early 1960s. Migration policy change, higher fertility rates, as well as increased longevity and life expectancy can be attributed to the population growth.
Although migration has a positive effect on the economic growth of Australia, 87% of last years newly arrived skilled migrants settled in Sydney and Melbourne. Attracting skilled migrants to other regions of Australia remains a challenge. There is a shortage of skilled foreign workers to meet the demand, including roles too specific to be on a national skills shortage list. For example, Southern Australia expressed the need for an additional 15,000 skilled migrants to cover demands in the workforce.
Other regions are also struggling as young Australians increasingly move to the cities. Overall, population growth in northern Queensland, northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory stagnated in 2016-17 compared with 20-year averages of about 1.5 per cent. The Territory is expecting a population decline this year.
In this Challenge, we would like to gather the knowledge from different areas of expertise on how migrants as well as Australians can better be attracted to regional areas to help the distribution of population.
How can your city or region better attract skilled migrants or other Australians?
Challenge Opened: 06:06 AM, Wednesday 08 August 2018
Challenge Closes: 01:30 PM, Tuesday 21 August 2018
Time to go: Closed