Articles by Simone Alexander

Simone Alexander

Simone Alexander is a demographic consultant with more than 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. She uses her expertise to blog about demographic trends, housing and planning issues in Australia’s cities and regions.
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Wondering what happeing to Australia’s population? Well the Australian Demographic Statistics, a quarterly publication prepared by the ABS, was released just before Xmas and provides estimates of Australia’s population, and that of the states and territories, up to June 2019. Here are the highlights of this latest release… Australia’s population At June 2019, Australia’s population…

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Population issues have become highly political in Australia, dominating headlines whenever new data is released. In 2019, the Australian Government responded to the growing policy pressures by establishing the Centre for Population. One of its aims is to produce more accurate population forecasts. As someone with a background in producing population forecasts, this claim intrigued me….

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Most people are familiar with the idea of the Census as a population count, but a lot of additional data on dwellings and households are also collected. Similar to population variables, housing data is also available for small geographic areas. This enables users to see the spatial patterns and characteristics across our cities and regions….

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The release of the historical population data by the ABS allows us to look at where we’ve come from to where we are today – with a demographic spin. Since 1926, the Australian population has grown considerably, both in size and maturity. Using 30 years to approximate a generation, this blog looks at three generations…

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In the second half of 2018, the population of NSW surpassed the 8 million mark. This milestone has been somewhat overlooked in the current discourse around the challenges associated with rapid population growth in Australia. For the last decade, the population growth rate in NSW has been at or around the national average. But don’t…