Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Inaugural Treasurers' Forum on Population

Media Release


08 February 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Josn Frydenberg MP


The Hon David Coleman MP

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Today was the first meeting of the Treasurers’ Forum on Population as part of the Council on Federal Financial Relations, which saw all levels of government come together to discuss how we can better plan for Australia’s changing population.

Population is an important issue that requires governments to cooperate and coordinate if we are to deliver the right outcomes for all Australians as our population grows.

The forum agreed to work together to develop a national population and planning framework, for consideration by COAG later this year, which will set out a practical approach to improve population planning and management.

As a first step, the forum agreed to immediately establish two working groups on Regional Analysis, and Data and Forecasting.

These working groups will consider issues including greater data sharing, population growth projections and skills requirements.

This will provide an opportunity for all levels of government to improve the way we work together and ensure that Australia can continue to enjoy the benefits of population growth while addressing the challenges it raises.

We thank the State and Territory Treasurers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association David O’Loughlin for their constructive contributions, and look forward to continuing to work together to manage Australia’s growing population.