Growth Areas

Australia is a suburban nation and will continue to be so as population growth rates soar. Five million of us live in the fast-growing suburbs on the outskirts of our capital cities. We produce 13% of Australia’s jobs and 11% of GDP. Another 2.5 million people are expected to be living in fast-growing outer suburbs by 2031.

Member Councils of the National Growth Areas Alliance are united by shared experiences of:

  • Population growth rates at double the national average
  • Inadequate infrastructure to cope with the increased demand
  • Long-term lack of Federal government investment in roads, public transport and essential services.
Key Fact and Figure on Australia's Growth Areas
Population size (2016)

4.6 million

1 in 5 Australian’s called the fast growing outer suburbs home

Population growth (2011-16)


Almost double the annual average growth rate of Australia (1.6%)



18.7% of Australia’s workforce. UP from 14% in 2006

Fast-Growing outer suburbs on the outskirts of our capital cities
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Community Profile on Growth Areas

The National Growth Areas Alliance Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the Region and its suburbs based on results from the 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.