Australia’s population has reached 25 million people, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
“The ABS’s “population clock” recorded the milestone at 11:01pm (AEST) on Tuesday, amid projections the nation’s population growth increased by one person every 83 seconds.
It is not known who was the 25 millionth person, but migrants were expected to be a major contributing factor to growth.
Net overseas migration currently accounts for 62 per cent of Australia’s growth, while natural increase makes up 38 per cent.
People born in China are the largest group of migrants to Australian shores, accounting for 15.8 per cent of total arrivals.
International students are the largest group of arrivals, with China the most common country of birth for international students in Australia when visa category figures are considered.
According to new Department of Home Affairs figures, 111,000 skilled migrants arrived in Australia in the past financial year.
87 per cent of them chose to settle in Sydney or Melbourne.
Giving a speech to the Business Council of Australia forum in Melbourne on Tuesday, Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge said population growth needed to be distributed more evenly.
“Population growth is not a one-dimensional issue,” Mr Tudge said.
“Rather, it involves size and distribution.”
He said a more sparse distribution across the country would result in less overcrowding.
“If the population was distributed more evenly, there would not be the congestion pressures tht we have today in Melbourne and Sydney. Nor would there be if the infrastructure was built ahead of demand,” Mr Tudge said.
If the population continues to grow at its current speed, it is expected to reach 26 million in the next three years.