Development of a Sustainable Population Strategy

Our vision is to make Australia the best place in the world in which to live, learn, work and do business.

Our view is that the main purpose of developing a national population strategy is to help chart a course towards Australia’s future that reflects the shared goals and aspirations of the Australian people.

Having considered the current and future context for Australia, and considered the benefits and risks of different population choices, our submission argues that improving the quality of life of all Australians within prosperous, secure and liveable communities is more likely to be achieved through well-managed population growth over the first half of this century.

Our submission asks the government and community to recognise that all options for population policy carry risk, and argues that low-growth or no-growth options are the least likely to deliver the living standards Australians would wish for future generations.

This submission is based on the BCA publication Framework for the Development of Australia’s Population Strategy (and associated research paper), released in December 2010.

Read or download the BCA Submission to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on the Development of Australia’s Sustainable Population Strategy – and executive summary here.