Population & Pandemic: The demographic impacts of COVID-19 in Australia

Map of Australia with red dots indicating population
Image by James O'Donnell, ANU School of Demography

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on populations, from cradle to grave, around the world. In Australia, communities and governments reacted quickly at the outset, protecting lives and livelihoods. In the process though, international borders were shuttered, communities locked down and family and life decisions upended. The full demographic impact and the implications for the size and shape of Australia’s future population is only just emerging. Now, more than three years since the first infection and with data and research streaming in, is the time to reflect and take stock.

Join us for this very special event and hear from invited experts from Government and academia on the following:

  • How has COVID-19 impacted mortality and life expectancy in Australia?
  • What has been the impact on births and family decisions?
  • What will be the short and long-term effects of COVID-19 restrictions on international and internal migration?
  • How have impacts varied across Australian society and what will be the effect on social cohesion?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the collection and reporting of demographic data?



Opening address:

The Honourable Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Member for Fenner and the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury and the Assistant Minister for Employment

Session speakers:

  • Dr Tim Adair, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Edith Gray, Professor, School of Demography, ANU
  • Dr Jennifer Baxter, Executive Manager, Families, Society and Lifecourse Research
  • Dr Qing Guan, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Demography, ANU
  • Ray Harris, Assistant Secretary, Centre for Population, The Treasury
  • Beidar Cho, Director, and Trish Chester, Assistant Director, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Dr James O’Donnell, Lecturer and Chief investigator on the Mapping Social Cohesion study, School of Demography, ANU


*This event will be held both physically and virtually. If you are unable to attend in person, please register for an online ticket. Detailed Zoom instructions will be shared with online registrants well before the event commences. Please be aware that the event will be recorded and shared publicly on our website.


Date & time

Fri 06 Oct 2023, 9:00am to 2:30pm


Auditorium, Level 1, RSSS building, 146 Ellery Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601 & online via ZOOM


James O'Donnell


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