With beautiful coastlines, a rich cultural history and events throughout the year, it’s little wonder that people from all over the world are jetting Down Under to visit a city that has arguably flown under the radar a little until now. But it’s no longer just a holiday destination. Over the past few years, Perth has become an increasingly popular location for people all over the world to move to, settle down and start a new career.
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have shown that Perth is actually the fastest-growing capital city in the country. The data also indicated that this once relatively sleepy place has become the first western city to reach a population of two million people. The population in Perth grew by 2.5% from June 2013 to June 2014, increasing by 48,400 people to reach 2.02 million in total. In just one decade, 2004 to 2014, the population has grown by half a million people, which equates to 137 people a day. Jump back 30 years, and Perth’s population was well behind that of Adelaide, which is situated on the southern coast.
Phil Browning from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said the data showed a huge boost in the popularity of Perth in a very short space of time: “In 1983, Adelaide just beat Perth to the one million mark. However, since that time, Perth’s population has more than doubled, whereas Adelaide has grown by less than one-third.”
As a leading migration agent in Perth, True Blue is intrigued to see how this fabulous city will look in another ten years’ time. Let’s take a look.
The future of Perth
If the population of Perth continues on the trajectory shown by the official statistics, then it is likely to overtake other large Australian cities such as Brisbane on the east coast. Speaking to the Brisbane Times, Bernard Salt, head of the KPMG Demographics Group, which provides advisory reports on consumer insight, used the statistics provided by the ABS to predict the future population growth of Perth. According to his predictions, the rate of Perth’s population growth between the years 2012 and 2061 will be 187%. At this rate, by the year 2050, Perth’s population will sit at 4.6 million people. Salt has estimated that Brisbane’s population will reach 4.2 million in the same time.
There’s no doubt that Australia is a popular place for expats to settle down, with it frequently ranking in the top ten happiest countries in the world, thanks partly to its strong international economy. With the population of Perth already reaching 2.02 million, there is little doubt that it will continue to become a favourite location for those looking to live and work abroad. It’s not just a firm favourite among the ‘fly-in, fly-out’ miners who work in remote parts of Western Australia, Perth is rapidly becoming an all-encompassing cosmopolitan city to suit all tastes and lifestyles.
Taking the pressure off
It’s no secret that as a city’s population grows, so does the pressure on that city’s resources, local economy, space and housing. By spreading out across the country, residents will put less pressure on more densely populated areas such as Sydney and Brisbane. This works out much better for local economies, and will also help to strengthen others. As more people enter Australia from all over the world to live and work, they will spend more money in cities such as Perth, which will lead to better amenities across the city, and ultimately, more jobs.
As more people enter the city of Perth, it follows that more buildings will need to be created to house, employ, feed and entertain the new residents. This means that the city will be teeming with construction plans and projects that will require a whole range of skilled workers from across the world. One of the biggest projects currently underway in the city is Elizabeth Quay, which will consist of 1.5 hectares of promenade space with restaurants, shops and entertainment facilities. It is thought that the Quay will create an additional 400 jobs once completed and more than 4,000 during its construction. Other exciting new projects include the building of Perth Stadium, to be completed in 2018, and the Perth City Link, hoped to be finished in just five years’ time.
The population surge in Perth can mean only one thing: that this city is becoming the place to be Down Under. With exciting construction projects being commissioned and completed all the time, those looking to build a career for themselves in Australia should seriously consider the western capital. As mentioned, True Blue is very much in the know when it comes to all things Perth, so we can provide you with advice and assistance in obtaining an Australian visa. Kickstart your new life in Perth by getting in touch today.