Issue 5
Monday, 02 July 2018
Charles Darwin University
Demographer Dr Andrew Taylor
Demographer Dr Andrew Taylor

Population forum coincides with 25-million milestone

By Patrick Nelson

The number of people living in Australia will conveniently reach the 25-million mark this month, about the same time that leading demographers, statisticians and researchers gather in Darwin for a national population conference.

Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow and conference organiser Dr Andrew Taylor said a broad range of trends and issues would be examined during the three-day event, starting 18 July.

“One of the topics we’ll look at is the Australian population, which is on the cusp of a noteworthy milestone and growing at a particularly fast rate for a developed nation,” Dr Taylor said.

“We will reflect on how we reached 25 million people, what this means demographically, and what we can expect in the future.”

Dr Taylor said the biennial Australian Population Association Conference also would provide a high profile platform to analyse issues critical to the Northern Territory, where a relatively low growth rate had contributed to a challenging policy and budgetary environment.

“We will hear a report into the make-up of the Territory’s working population and how it has changed since we last hosted the national population conference a decade ago.

“The theme ‘Beyond the city: who’s out there?’ has provided us with the scope to capture the tensions of planning for an urbanising Australia, the volatility in regional Australia and emerging population related issues outside the big cities.

“We’ll explore Indigenous demography, regional population change and what’s happening in some of the small towns around Australia.”

Dr Taylor said that Cornell University Professor Daniel T. Lichter would provide the Borrie Lecture during which he would speak about the rapid shifts in the blurred boundaries of the rural and urban divide, and some of the wellbeing and inequality issues common to these areas.

“We will also examine the transformation of the traditional family and some of the cohabitation patterns that have emerged as the workforce adapts to the social and economic conditions of the 21st Century.”

Dr Taylor said the conference had been made possible with support from the Northern Territory Government as well as the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Colleague Dr Tom Wilson provided major input to the academic program.

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