Submissions to A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia
The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities released the Issues Paper: A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia for public comment in December 2010 and 380 submissions were received. Submissions helped to inform the government's development of Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities, A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia.
The Department would like to thank all those who provided submissions.
Advisory Panels and Issues paper
On 15 July 2010, Minister Burke established three advisory panels to advise him on sustainable population issues as a first step in an open national dialogue on population change and the opportunities, issues and challenges that a Sustainable Population Strategy will address.
The three panels considered population and sustainability from three different viewpoints: demography and liveability; productivity and prosperity; and sustainable development. The reports of the panels were attached as appendices to the Issues Paper.
The Issues Paper was intended to draw out community views about the challenges and opportunities created by changes in Australia's population.
As seen in the material contained in the paper, population issues play out at a national, regional and community scale. They are also heavily entwined with other major drivers affecting Australia such as economic forces (domestic and international), the rise of Asia, technological advances and climate change.
The submissions provided useful information and views on the issues raised in the issues paper and were used to inform the development of the strategy.