Australian population: latest census data

The latest census population data released on Thursday shows the population of Australia has grown by 8.5% over the past 12 months to 9.5 million, according to official data.

The latest data from the Census of Population and Housing also showed that the median household income rose to $76,000 last year from $61,500 a decade ago.

The census figures also showed a slight rise in the number of people aged 65 and over, with the number increasing by 0.4%.

The number of Australians aged 60 and over was up by 0,664 people, while the number aged 65 or over rose by 0 per cent.

The latest figures come after the federal government last week announced it would spend $50 million on an Australian-based workforce training scheme.

The new scheme, which is being set up by the Workforce Innovation and Employment Agency, will provide skilled Australians with the skills to take on the job market, with an initial target of about 250 skilled workers being hired per week.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is also releasing the latest numbers on the number and composition of the working population.

The ABS also said it has seen an increase in the total number of non-working Australians over the year to 2.3 million, which was down 0.2% on last year.

Topics:immigration,people,government-and-politics,,housing-industry,work,cities,nsw,tas,act,australiaFirst posted October 02, 2018 10:58:32Contact Jacqui McGovernMore stories from Tasmania