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Australia’s Population Analysis

By Simon Pressley

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1,063 people per day: that’s how much Australia’s population grew by during the 2017 financial year. Propertyology has analysed population trends of every location in Australia, including the movement in some exciting locations outside of the 8 capital cities.

It’s estimated that the population clock will tick over to 25 million in early July 2018.

Last year’s population increase of 388,124 was the fifth largest on record but quite a bit short of the 442,454 increase in 2008/09.

Overseas migration accounted for 245,408 (63.2 per cent) of population growth while the remaining 142,716 was natural growth (births minus deaths).

Melbourne’s population is currently growing the fastest. And, we probably already knew that Sydney and Melbourne combined represents 40 per cent of Australia’s total population. But you may not have realised that 38,745 residents relocated away from Sydney over the last 2 years.

Darwin (0.5 per cent), Adelaide (0.7 per cent), PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA (1 per cent) and Hobart (1.1 per cent) were below the national average of 1.6 per cent.

It’s not all about capital cities. The population of regional Australia increase by 77,740 people last year – in ONE year!

34 per cent of Australia’s population choose to not live in our 8 capital cities (that’s 1 in 3 people). Across the country, there’s a plethora of regional locations with a stable population base, essential infrastructure, and affordable housing; many play the role of a ‘mini capital city’.

Population in the city councils of 33 regional locations increased at a rate equal to or better than four capital cities, including the hottest property market in Australia for the last two years, Hobart.

QUEENSLAND

  • State:Queensland’s population as at 30 June 2017 was 4,928,457. The 1.6 per cent growth rate was comparable to New South Wales and the Australian average. Net overseas migration (31,148 people) and natural growth (31,006) had similar contributions.

  • Brisbane: Greater-Brisbane is made up of five city councils (Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Redland, and Brisbane - Australia’s largest city council). Population increased by 2 per cent (up from 1.8 per cent the previous year). Ipswich (3.2 per cent) and Moreton Bay (2.2 per cent) grew the fastest. While Queensland was Australia’s biggest beneficiary of interstate migration in 2016/17, only 846 of the 17,246 net-inflow relocated to metropolitan Brisbane.

  • Regions: More people reside in regional Queensland than Brisbane, making it the most decentralised mainland state. 8 of Australia’s 30 biggest cities are located across regional Queensland. Population growth was strong in Cairns (1.3 per cent), Fraser Coast (1 per cent), Gold Coast (2.7 per cent), Lockyer Valley (1.8 per cent), Scenic Rim (1.9 per cent), and SunshineSunshine, NSW Sunshine, VIC Coast (2.7 per cent).

VICTORIA

  • State:The land within the Victorian border represents 3 per cent of Australia’s land mass and is home to 25.7 per cent of Australia’s total resident population. Comparing its annual growth rate to other states, Victoria was a middle-of-the-road performer for much of the last two decades however, it has been the strongest performer since 2014.

  • Melbourne: In 2016/17, Melbourne’s CBD municipality population grew more than five times higher than the national growth rate (11,953 people, or 8.1 per cent). WyndhamWyndham, WA Wyndham, NSW (6.1 per cent), Cardinia (5.0), Melton (5.0), Whittlesea (4.1), Casey (4.4), and Hume (3.9) were also very high. Interestingly, large volumes of existing residents migrated away from Monash (3,424 people), Brimbank (2,312) and Greater-Dandenong (2,311)

  • Regions: 75.5 per cent of Victoria’s population reside in the state’s capital, making it Australia’s least decentralised state. That said, 20,995 extra people took up residency in regional Victoria in 2016/17. Surf Coast (2.9 per cent), Baw Baw (2.8), Bass Coast (2.7), Geelong (2.6), Golden Plains (2.5), Ballarat (1.9), Macedon ranges (1.9), Wodonga (1.8), and Bendigo (1.6) all had population growth rates equal to or above the national average.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

  • State: South Australia’s population increased by 10,494 people (0.6 per cent). What the state gained from natural growth (births minus deaths) it equally lost to interstate migration (5,941 people).

  • Adelaide: Population in the ‘City of Churches’ increased by 0.7 per cent to 1,287,388. The biggest increase was in Adelaide’s city (2.2 per cent), Playford (1.7 per cent) and Gawler (1.5 per cent). Port Adelaide EnfieldEnfield, VIC Enfield, NSW Enfield, SA attracted the highest volume of overseas immigrants in the year (1,207 people).

  • Regions: The state’s highest population growth rate was in Mount BarkerMount Barker, SA Mount Barker, WA (2.5 per cent) while Port Lincoln (0.5 per cent) and the neighbouring Lower Eyre Peninsula (1 per cent) also produced good growth.

TASMANIA

  • State:Economic growth, affordable housing, and lifestyle have proven to be a recipe for success for Tasmania. The 1.1 per cent population growth rate was the state’s highest since 2010. 22.5 per cent of the growth came from interstate migration, the highest proportion of all Australian states and territories.

  • Hobart: Proving that property price growth is much more than population growth, the state capital produced the fifth highest Australian capital city population growth rate (1.1 per cent) however, the capital growth produced by its property market is streaks ahead of all other Australian location. The highest volume of population growth occurred in Clarence, Kingborough, Hobart city, and Glenorchy city council areas.

  • Regions: The highest annual population growth rate was in the state’s north (West Tamar, 1.6 per cent) and far south (Huon Valley, 1.5 per cent).

NEW SOUTH WALES

  • State: One out of three Australians (32 per cent) reside in New South Wales. The state’s population growth rate of 1.6 per cent last year was equal third with Queensland.

  • Sydney: Of Greater-Sydney’s 101,754 population increase, 84,684 immigrated from overseas. In excess of 5,000 overseas migrants became residents in the city council areas of Sydney city, Parramatta, CanterburyCanterbury, NSW Canterbury, VIC-Bankstown, and Cumberland. On the other hand, 17,943 people migrated away from Sydney last year to another Australian location, including 2,984 people leaving Randwick.

  • Regions: The population increased in regional New South Wales by 20,049 people in 2016/17; that’s similar population growth to Perth’s last year and more than Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin or Hobart.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

  • State: 5 per cent of Australia’s population (2,580,354 people)reside in Western Australia,which has a land mass covering 32.9 per cent of the country.The 0.8 per cent population growth in 2016/17 was the third consecutive year below 1 per cent. It now feels like a long time ago that WA consistently had Australia’s highest population growth, increasing by 21.3 per cent in just 7 years ending 2013.

  • Perth: 71.3 per cent of the state’s population reside in Perth. 9 out of 30 city councils that make up Greater-Perth saw population decline in 2016/17 (BayswaterBayswater, WA Bayswater, VIC, Cambridge, Joondalup, Melville, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove, South Perth, Victoria Park). On the flip said, Kwinana (4.6 per cent) and ArmadaleArmadale, WA Armadale, VIC (3.3 per cent) were among Australia’s highest population growth rates.

  • Regions: Augusta-Margaret River in the state’s south ~ a popular tourism and winery location ~ saw population increase by 2.9 per cent (nearly double the national average).

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

  • The Nation’s official capital now has a population of 410,301 people, making Canberra Australia’s eighth largest city. ACT’s population growth rate of 1.7 per cent was Australia’s second highest. 49.3 per cent of the annual increase was natural growth (births minus deaths) while 41 per cent was net overseas migration.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

  • State: The Northern Territory has a population of 246,105, representing 1 per cent the nation’s total population. Between 2007 and 2013, population in the NT grew by an impressive 2 to 3 per cent per year. 2016/17 growth of 0.1 per cent was miserable.

  • Darwin: 59.4 per cent of NT’s total population reside in Australia’s ‘Top End’, Darwin, where population increased by a paltry 691 people over the year.

An important word of caution to anyone using population data to help determine where you might invest. Population growth is rear-view-mirror stuff. The latest ABS data covers the 2016/17 financial year which commenced July 2016 (almost 2 years ago).

To help appreciate that there’s other forces at play within property markets, keep in mind that Australia’s 2 cities with the highest population growth right now have recently seen property prices fall. While population growth is a factor, there are numerous other factors.

Job creation is major influence of where population is pulled towards. This changes from year-to-year depending upon which industry sectors are performing well, policies by all levels of government, and major infrastructure projects.

Propertyology is a multi-award-winning buyers agency and national property market research firm. We help everyday people to invest in strategically-chosen locations all over Australia. As the only company in Australia to correctly forecast Hobart’s resurgence before the boom, the firm’s success includes being a finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Awards and 2018 winner of Buyers Agency of the Year in REIQ Awards For Excellence. Here’s how to contact Propertyology.

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Luke’s first property investment included what he now looks back on as “learning experiences”. He chose it only because it was close to where he lived, he bought it at the peak of the market and he elected to manage his (unreliable, damage-prone) tenants alone. Sixteen years on, Luke now has 30 properties and a much better idea about how to approach the investment game.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show Luke joins host Tim Neary to unpack how he went about educating himself, how his investment style has changed over time and why patience is the name of the game.

Luke will also share how his initial mistakes discouraged him and had him doubting the wisdom of being an investor, and how his realisation of the importance of active management bought him back into line.  He will discuss the importance of having a strong support team and why it’s smart to put a proper value on your personal time.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Promoted by Blue Ink Finance.

Budgeting tips when your Personal Debt is High.

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Credit card debts and personal loans are the greatest obstacle between everyday people and their potential to live in financial freedom.

Of course, I understand that sometimes getting a small personal loan is absolutely necessary. Unexpected costs like medical expenses can make personal loans the only option.

However, the majority of us have debt simply because we spend more than we earn.

In either case, your number one priority is unlocking those chains of debt that are holding you back.

I’m going to give you some tips for budgeting with hefty personal debt, but first I want to talk about the impact those loans are having on your life.

How much is your debt really costing you?

Over the years that you’re paying off your loans at the minimum repayment, the interest on those items will end up costing you multiple times more than the original borrowed amount - and those endless due dates will haunt you. There’s no freedom in that!

Let me give you an example. You’ll be shocked, I guarantee it!

Let’s say you have around $4,000 of credit card debt, charged at 19.99% p.a. If you paid only the minimum monthly amount, it would take 37 years to pay off the total debt.

How much will that $4,000 debt cost you? $19,200. Depressing, isn’t it?

You might feel like you need a full-blown money explosion to get out of debt, but don’t despair just yet.

What you need to do is arm yourself with a strategic budget, and I’ve got some tips to help you.

Budgeting while you have hefty personal debt is tough, but possible – and it’s essential for eliminating that debt forever. Let’s have a quick look at how you can start to tackle that mountain of borrowed money.

It’s time to take charge and break some chains!

There’s a method for reducing debt that has an excellent success rate, if you’re committed:

  1. Make a realistic budget (and stick to it)
  2. Reduce your expenses and/or increase your income until you are in the black
  3. Save an emergency fund first
  4. Pay off your personal loans and credit cards, starting with the either the smallest debt first or the debt with the highest interest rate
  5. Revise your budget as you go along.

Why an emergency fund is paramount to success

You’ll see I’ve put saving an emergency fund before paying off your loans. Even a small amount initially, like $500, is enough to stop the cycle of borrowing to pay bills, then paying out even more in interest each month, which leaves less in the bank to pay the next bill.

Once you have a buffer saved, then you can start aiming some serious firepower on your debt, and that’s when it gets exciting!

Think back to my credit card example. If you upped the payments each month from $84 per month to $212, you would have the card paid off in two years and save $14,285 in interest. That’s worth a little bit of effort, wouldn’t you agree?

Tips for a budget that works

You may need to cut back drastically on your expenses to clear your debt, but here’s some other ways to make the most of your budget:

  • Find micro-ways to reduce your expenses every day. Make work lunches at home, cancel a pay TV subscription, find a better phone deal, or pass on your afternoon chocolate bar from the vending machine. Instead of spending $40 on a takeaway dinner, have a bowl of cereal!

  • Find a friend who will keep you accountable. Having someone else who shuns a pricey outing to the day spa for a walk along the beach instead will make you feel better about saying ‘no’ to expensive events that will blow the budget.

  • Refinance your home loan to release some funds. If you have a mortgage, talk to us at Blue Ink Finance about the possibility of refinancing your home loan to allow you to release some equity to help clear your high interest, personal debt. It’s not always the best strategy, but it’s worth investigating, especially if you can consolidate it into a home loan that has a significantly lower interest rate.

  • If your income increases, leverage it! The only place that extra money should go is into paying off more debt. Enough said!

  • Refine and polish your budget as your circumstances change. Your budget shouldn’t stay the same. As you find more ways to decrease your expenditure and become adept at sticking to your financial plan, fine-tune your budget to reflect your savvy saving. Any spare change goes directly onto your debt.

  • Automate payments of bills, so you don’t spend the money first. This saves you from late fees if you forget, too.

The reality is that you won’t have a profitable budget until you get rid of that high-interest debt. The beauty of a budget is that it can get you there! Knock the debt, stay away from borrowing except for assets like property, and you’ll have a well-oiled financial plan that kicks goals instead of paying lenders!

At Blue Ink Finance, we have a team of expert brokers as well as a panel of industry experts that understand all the nuances of positioning your personal finances to kick real goals with Property Assets and can support you in achieving your goals.

Give the team at Blue Ink Finance a call on 1300 888 796 or click here to request your Complimentary Finance Review with one of our experienced Finance Coaches now.

And see how having a panel of industry experts on your side, can fast track your property goals.

About The Author

David Wegener
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Ink Finance

Who I am, and why I want to help you succeed.

As an award-winning Mortgage Broker with nearly 20 years’ experience in the finance industry, I’ve seen it all.

I’ve gone through constant industry changes and yet I still successfully help my customers borrow the money they need to get ahead.

As a Finance Coach, my goal is to help you understand your financial potential so that you can borrow with confidence.

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With the softening market impacting property values in many parts of Australia, Sally Dale, Opteon state director for NSW, ACT and Qld joins us to discuss the importance of valuations in the current property market

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Joining host Phil Tarrant, Sally will draw on her 25 years of experience in valuation and discuss the processes involved in arriving at a value for a particular property. She will also share how that process differs between commercial and residential properties and the difficulties which regional property valuations can present.

Sally will unpack the importance and cost of regular valuations on your properties, discuss whether presentation and owner input can sway a valuation and share what you should look for when seeking a reputable property valuer.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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