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NSW population, household and dwelling projections

Population projections show that NSW will grow by 100,500 people on average each year to 2031.


The Department of Planning and Environment uses population, household and dwelling projections to help plan for service and infrastructure delivery for the community.


These projections also provide a framework for assessing future requirements for residential and commercial land, housing and public utilities.


The 2014 NSW population, household and dwelling projections give detailed information on how our population is expected to change over the next 20 years, and the expected impact of these changes on households and demand for dwellings.


Projection data for NSW is available to the year 2041.  Data for Regional NSW, Sydney, Illawarra, Lower Hunter & Central Coast, and all Local Government Areas (LGA) is available to the year 2031.


Please note: The projections are not targets. Projections are based on assumptions that take into account recent and current 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.


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Image description: The projected contribution of natural increase and net migration for New South Wales


Please note: some of the files on this page contain large amounts of rich content and may take some time to download.

2014 NSW Population Projections data

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+.

2014 NSW Household and Dwelling Projections data

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 LGA contain information about the projected population by age, projected household types and the projected implied dwellings.

The summary projection regions include LGAs as listed below:

Albury, Armidale Dumaresq, Ballina, Balranald, Bathurst Regional, Bega Valley, Bellingen, Berrigan, Bland, Blayney, Bogan, Bombala, Boorowa, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Byron, Cabonne, Carrathool, Central Darling, Clarence Valley, Cobar, Coffs Harbour, Conargo, Coolamon, Cooma-Monaro, Coonamble, Cootamundra, Corowa Shire, Cowra, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Dungog, Eurobodalla, Forbes, Gilgandra, Glen Innes Severn, Gloucester, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Greater Hume Shire, Greater Taree, Great Lakes, Griffith, Gundagai, Gunnedah, Guyra, Gwydir, Harden, Hastings, Hay, Inverell, Jerilderie, Junee, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lachlan, Leeton, Lismore, Lithgow, Liverpool Plains, Lockhart, Mid-Western Regional, Moree Plains, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Muswellbrook, Nambucca, Narrabri, Narrandera, Narromine, Oberon, Orange, Palerang, Parkes, Queanbeyan, Richmond Valley, Singleton, Snowy River, Tamworth Regional, Temora, Tenterfield, Tweed, Tumbarumba, Tumut Shire, Upper Hunter Shire, Upper Lachlan, Uralla, Walcha, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle Shire, Weddin, Wellington, Unincorporated NSW, Urana, Wagga Wagga, Wakool, Wentworth, Wingecarribee, Yass Valley, Young.

Ashfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Botany Bay, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Fairfield, Hawkesberry, Holroyd, Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Hurstville, Kogarah, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Leichhardt, Liverpool, Manly, Marrickville, Mosman, North Sydney, Parramatta, Penrith, Pittwater, Randwick, Rockdale, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Warringah, Waverly, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Woollahra.

Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wollongong.

Cessnock, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Wyong

Page last updated: 01/04/2016