Covid rewrites Australia’s future with huge drop in population signalling challenges ahead

Population growth of 600,000 fewer people in 2022 a sign of major changes for all aspects of everyday life, Deloitte reports

The pandemic has created Australia’s “sliding doors” moment with the nation now facing a smaller and older population shift, forever altering the future that may have been.

The decision to shut Australia’s borders, made out of necessity to prevent Covid-19 spreading, has pulled the country into a new reality where lower rates of population growth will affect everything from the number of schools states build to the rate of infrastructure investment, economic consultancy Deloitte Access Economics has found.

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