Government planning to increase Melbourne population

12 December 2013

Planning for population growth

A major driver of change is the anticipated increase in population and households over the next 30 years. Current trends indicate that for metropolitan Melbourne this could be up to one million additional people, or 620,000 new households. Should the decline in our birthrate reverse or levels of international migration increase, the rate of population growth would accelerate so that more people would need to be accommodated in a shorter time frame. There would be consequent increased pressure on land for industry and commerce and on transport system.