The pandemic has permanently dented Australia’s population trajectory. However, the 2022-23 Population Statement released by the Australian Government Centre for Population in early January, now positions COVID in the rear-view mirror. The return of overseas migration propelled population growth to 1.1% in 2021-22, returning to pre-pandemic trends (Chart 1).
The latest overseas arrivals and departure (OAD) data for November 2022, released on the 17th of January, confirms a rapid recovery in overseas migration. Permanent and long term arrivals are tracking at around 90% of 2019 levels for 2022 to date. Momentum is building across several components:
New Zealand topped the table of short-term visitors with 91,210 arrivals. China was notably absent from the top 10 source countries of short-term arrivals, but that is likely to change significantly in 2023.