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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Population Issues
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 29


To develop policies which seek to influence and respond to population change so as to advance Australia's well-being in relation to economic progress, ecological integrity, social justice and responsible international involvement.

Strategic Approach

Governments recognise that the development of constructive and coordinated population-related policies that are consistent with the fundamental principles of ESD will provide the broad, long-term framework within which planning of individual components, such as immigration, urban planning, infrastructure, welfare and resource planning can better proceed. The achievement of a sustainable population, where sustainability is assessed in terms of net economic, social and environmental outcomes would be desirable for Australia, however further work will need to be done to develop reliable techniques to enable this sustainable population to be assessed and reviewed where necessary.

Objective 29.1

The Commonwealth Government will:

Governments will: