2016 NSW population and household projections
Population projections show that NSW will grow to 9.9 million people by 2036.
The Department of Planning and Environment uses population and household projections to help plan for service and infrastructure delivery for the community.
These projections give us a framework for assessing future needs for residential and commercial land, housing and public utilities.
The 2016 NSW population and household projections show how our population is expected to change over the coming years. The projections show the expected impact of these changes on households and the implied demand for housing.
These projections are not targets. Projections are based on assumptions that take into account trends for births, deaths and migration.
Projections can change due to factors such as migration levels, new technology and social attitudes to different living arrangements.
This file shows population projections for local government areas for the low, main and high series. For more information about these series click here.
Individual file tabs in a flat file format contain a summary of population projection data for New South Wales, projection regions and all LGAs. Individual file tabs are also available for population projections by five-year age group and sex for New South Wales and the projection regions. Five-year age group data are available for LGAs with populations greater than 3,000 in 2011. For smaller LGAs, age group data are provided for four age groups: 0-14, 15-44, 45-64, 65+.
This file shows population projections for the Local Health Districts.
Individual file tabs in a flat file format contain information for New South Wales, projection regions and all LGAs about the projected number of households and implied dwellings, projected household types and projected average household size. For New South Wales and the projection regions, population living arrangement characteristics are also provided.
In each of the files below, individual file tabs for each local government area (LGA) contain information about the projected population by age, projected household types and the projected implied dwellings.
The NSW Population Projections User Guide is for people using NSW population projection data to understand how the projections are prepared and how to use them. It answers common questions about projection data, the methods used to prepare the population projections, their interpretation and use.
The NSW Household Projections User Guide is for people using NSW household projection data to understand how the projections are prepared and how to use them. It answers common questions about projection data, the methods used to prepare the household projections, their interpretation and use.
Page last updated: 08/09/2017