With the latest data showing that Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia, the Northern Territory has announced a series of investment to attract more people to the top of the nation.
Across the states and territories, Victoria is leading the way in terms of both the rate of population growth and the total increase in population. Overall the state’s population grew by 2.1% over the 12 months to September 2016 while the national population has increased by a substantially lower 1.5%.
It is well known that the state attracts not just people from other regions of Australia, but also from overseas and Victoria’s population increase over the past year was its highest on record.
And although certain states and territories are seeing an increase in population growth, most of the national population growth is occurring in New South Wales and Victoria. Indeed, over the 12 months to September 2016, some 68% of all population growth occurred in these two states.
This is a record high proportion of national population increases for these two states. To put these latest results in context, five years earlier the two largest states combined accounted for 48.8% of the total population increase and over the long term, these two states have accounted for 49.5% of the total national population increase.
But the Northern Territory wants to attract more people and the state Government has announced it will be investing in creating new jobs and new economic opportunities.
‘We believe in the potential of Northern Australia. Our Government has a dedicated Northern Australia Agenda for jobs in the region and to attract more people to live in the North. We want to create long term jobs in the communities of the North, instead of stacking more and more people in the cities of Southern Australia,’ said Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.
The Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction that falls entirely within Northern Australia, along with parts of Queensland and parts of Western Australia. New opportunities could be created in the gas industry and this is likely to need expertise from overseas as well as other parts of Australia.
There will also be investment in infrastructure to improve the region with upgrades to remote airports, road improvements, investment in irrigation and job recruitment.