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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What will the impact of COVID-19 be on population growth and change in Australia? In May I wrote this blog which argued that the biggest impact would be on the volume of net overseas migration (NOM), but the scale of the impact would depend on how long travel restrictions and the border closure were enforced….

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Net overseas migration (NOM) is the primary driver of population growth in Australia. In 2018-19, NOM contributed to 62% of total population growth. The headline numbers catch the attention of the media and the general public, but overseas migrants are a diverse group of people. What are their characteristics? The recent release of the annual…

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Every year around this time the ABS releases population estimates (ERP) for small areas. This year the data has been somewhat lost in the coronavirus madness. Despite the seriousness of that situation, there is still a wealth of interesting population data. This blog will look at spatial patterns of population change in Brisbane, which recorded…

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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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