Planning for Population Growth in Greater Sydney and NSW

24/04/2015 8:01 am
This article was prepared by DFP

The recently released regional population growth data estimates for 2013-2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) highlights the importance of planning for growing populations in Greater Sydney and NSW.


Sydney is likely to be the first capital city in Australia to reach five million people after it gained 84 230 people in 2013-2014. However, Melbourne is closing the gap with the largest population growth of all the capitals in the last financial year reaching 4.4 million people. It is projected that Melbourne will overtake Sydney as Australia’s most populated city in 2056. The fastest growing capital goes to Perth, increasing by 2.5% in 2013-2014.

NSW received the largest population increase of any state or territory in Australia, increasing by 1.5% to 7.52 million people. Just under two-thirds of the state’s population live in Greater Sydney which includes the Central Coast and Blue Mountains.

The ten largest growth areas in NSW in 2013-14 were all in Sydney’s metropolitan area with 77% of the NSW population increase absorbed by the city.

The areas which received the largest population growth from 2013-2014 include:
Parklea- Kellyville in Sydney’s north-west corridor - 2700 people
Waterloo-Beaconsfield in the inner-south - 2000 people
Parramatta- Rosehill in Sydney’s west- 1900 people
Concord West- North Strathfield in Sydney’s west-by 1600 people
Cobbitty- Leppington in Sydney’s south-west corridor- 1500 people

The areas which received the fastest population growth from 2013-2014 include:
Cobbitty- Leppington -18.5%
Parklea- Kellyville Ridge - 9.4%
Homebush Bay-Silverwater in western Sydney - 8.3%
Waterloo- Beaconsfield- 8.2%
Concord West-North Strathfield- 7.4%

The Hunter Valley (excluding Newcastle) had the largest and fastest population growth rate in NSW outside of Greater Sydney, up by 3700 people, equivalent to 1.4% of the population. Several rural area populations in NSW dropped whilst Griffith, Albury and Wagga Wagga experienced substantial growth.

The population density of NSW was 9.4 people per square kilometre with population density in Greater Sydney reaching 390 people per square kilometre. Between 2004 and 2014 the centre of population moved 3 kilometres south-east, now located near the banks of the Hawkesbury River near Lower Portland, a reflection of changes to housing development and stock, affordability and
lifestyle choices.

For more information visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website or see Sydney Morning Herald article Sydney Population to Top 5 Million dated 1/4/2015.