Growth Dynamics and Municipal Population Change in Australia, 1911-2016

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In Australia empirical analyses of municipal populations are uncommon given its cities are usually conceived of as metropolitan areas. Widespread usage of metropolitan statistics is practical; however municipal perspectives engage with the machinery of government an d can reveal complementary insights about cities as institutions. To develop such insights, this study utilised a statistical model of Australian municipal populations to examine the drivers of growth from 1911 to 2016. Statistically significant long term positive relationships we re identified between population and location specific features such as being coastal, eastern, and near to a seaport or state parliament. The constant and strong involvement of political factors is noteworthy given they are les s recognised drivers of settlement. The findings of this paper, which partly elucidate drivers of population growth in Australia, have major implications for
the federal government’s plan to steer anticipated high population growth into regional centres.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-305
JournalAustralasian Journal of Regional Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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