Millennials overtake baby boomers in Australia


Baby boomers are no longer the largest demographics in Australia, as Australia’s population has undergone generational changes and millennials have expanded with migration while the cohort continues to shrink.

According to the 2021 census, baby boomers and millennials each have more than 5.4 million Australians, or 21.5%, making them the first to be the largest generation group. In the 1966 census, baby boomers made up almost 40% of Australia’s total population.

However, the data often show the important role that older generations play today in providing childcare to their grandchildren. One in eight also reported that they care for the children of other people and are the generation most likely to help others through volunteering and unpaid assistance.

On the other hand, many millennials are entering a period of skill improvement, and this group accounts for 40% of those receiving vocational education.

In addition, almost half of the people currently working regularly in the Australian Defense Force are millennials.

The national population has also increased by more than 2 million, or 8.6%, to a total of 25.5 million. This means that Australia’s population has doubled in just 50 years.

Australian statistician David Gruen said the census provides a wealth of information about the country and how it has changed over the years.

“All statistics tell a story, and today we can get a glimpse of the story of nearly 25.5 million Australians. This accurate and valuable data is who we are as a nation. And reveal how we have changed, “he said.

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An overview of a businessman crossing George Street in Sydney, Australia, on June 1, 2020. (MarkKolbe / Getty Images)

Australian family

The census also captures snapshots of the changing landscape of Australian families.

More than 5.5 million couples’ families were counted, 53% of whom had children.

The rest of the couple did not live with their children, statistics are steadily rising.

For the first time, the census recorded more than one million single-parent families, four of which were women.

Data also suggest that COVID-19 affected grandparents’ ability to care for their grandchildren after the decline in the 50,000 baby boomers responsible for it in 2021 compared to 2016. doing.

At home, more than 5.5 million people are reported to speak languages ​​other than English, and more than a quarter are born abroad.

However, while Australia and the United Kingdom maintain a strong position as the top two birth countries, India is in third place, overtaking China and New Zealand.

The number of people who speak Punjabi at home has increased by 80%. This is the largest increase in languages ​​other than English used at home.

However, the top five reported ancestors remain the same. English (33%), Australia (30%), Ireland (9.5%), Scotland (8.6%), and Chinese (5.5%).

Meanwhile, more than 800,000 (3.2%) were identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, up 25% from 2016.

Rebecca Chu


Rebecca Zhu is based in Sydney. She focuses on Australian and New Zealand national affairs. Do you have a hint? Contact her at [email protected].