What sort of population policy should Australia adopt?

Suggestions for migration, fertility and population research policy

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Abstract

Key messages:
•In view of the wide-ranging and long-lasting implications of population change, Australia should adopt a population policy.
•Changing the total number of permanent migration visas issued is the key policy lever though which the Federal Government may influence population trends. •The implementation of changes to Skilled migration numbers should be phased over time and integrated with changes to education and training policy.
•The growth of the population sizes of the largest cities presents a more challenging prospect than national population growth. A wider dispersal of immigrant settlement should be a priority population policy goal.
•Population ageing could create opportunities for achieving a wider dispersal of migrant settlement.
•Enhancing family wellbeing, and not birth rate change, should be the primary concern of fertility policy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-21
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Population Studies
Volume2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2018

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Keywords

  • Policy making
  • Population
  • Australia
  • Australia--Population policy
  • immigration policy
  • fertility
  • research policy

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