Population planning the focus of new centre and policy paper

The Federal Government has formally launched the new Centre for Population which will work closely with states, territories, academics and think tanks to share data, research, ideas and expertise on population.

The $23.4 million Centre is headed by Victoria Anderson, and is part of the Federal Government’s population plan which took effect on 1 July.

The plan includes cutting the permanent migration rate by a cumulative 120,000 places over four years to 160,000 a year, and creating incentives for permanent migrants and international students to live outside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The launch also included the release of the Planning for Australia’s Future Population document, which outlines areas includes position statements on how the Commonwealth will work with Local, State and Territory Governments.

The paper focuses on 4 key factors:

  • Managing growth in cities

  • Investing in regions

  • A strong and prosperous Australia

  • Delivering a National Population and Planning Framework

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