Australia's population to hit 28 million by 2031: report

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Australia's population is expected to exceed 28 million by 2031, latest figures showed on Tuesday.

As Australia's current population is 22.5 million, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday projected that there will be an extra 3.8 million households across Australia over the next 20 years.

Melbourne is expected to have the largest increase in the number of households, followed by Sydney.

Perth is expected to have the fastest annual growth rate of 2.2 percent, followed by Brisbane with 2.1 percent.

ABS said the scale of the projected growth is likely to present significant public policy challenges for planning and the provision of services, Australia Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the figure showed more babies have been born in Australia in the past five years than during any like period in the nation's history.

The ABS showed almost 300,000 babies were born in each of the past two years and more than 250,000 in each of the three years before that.

Fertility among Australian women has been climbing steeply for most of the past decades, while women between 30 and 34 have the highest fertility rate.

Source: Xinhua
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