In this issue, Australia's estimated resident population (ERP) by country of birth has been rebased to the 2021 Census of Population. Rebased estimates supersede all prior estimates from June 2016 onwards, for further information see Methodology used in rebased population estimates, June 2021.
ERP by country of birth is measured at 30 June each year. National data is available annually. A state and territory breakdown is only available for Census years with the most recent being for 2021 and now released in this issue.
Impact of COVID-19
Many of the changes observed in the recent data in this release are attributable to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Government introduced travel restrictions on those travelling to or from Australia in March 2020, which were gradually lifted from 1 November 2021. Australian borders were reopened to most travellers from 21 February 2022.