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

  • to establish the most effective mechanism for ensuring that population policies are developed in an integrated way

The Commonwealth Government will:

  • give further consideration to recommendations in the National Population Council's Report, Population Issues and Australia's Future. In particular it will:
    • consider the benefits of adopting a formalised population policy as opposed to strengthening and extending existing policy and coordinating mechanisms

Governments will:

  • consider enhanced consultative mechanisms (encompassing immigration and infrastructure planning issues), both within and between spheres of government