Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics from March 2020 to June 2021 tells us about the effect a year of living with COVID-19 has had on NSW’s population.
Although the effect of border closures is already apparent, the full effect of COVID-19 on population change in NSW will not appear in official statistics for some time. Australia's international borders have re-opened, but overseas migration is yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. Ongoing economic uncertainty is likely to continue to affect how many babies are born and how many people move in and out of the state. The 2022 NSW Population Projections show what we expect to happen, with slower growth than previously projected because of COVID-19.
The Department of Planning and Environment and the NSW Government prepare the NSW annual insights as a supplement to the NSW population projections.
The insights comment on the changes in population and community over the past 12 months and in between projection releases.