Australia has welcomed its 25 millionth resident late on Tuesday night.
The Population Clock estimated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics assumes an overall population increase of one new resident every one minute and 23 seconds.
The ABS estimated that at 11pm on Tuesday, the milestone would be reached – although it will be impossible to know who citizen number 25 million will is.
If growth remains at this rate, there should be 26 million in another three years from now, and 40 million by mid-century.
“Our births are pretty even, with a fertility rate of about 1.8, which is pretty high internationally,” says Director of Demography at the ABS, Anthony Grubb.
“And we’ve been welcoming 200,000 to 250,000 new arrivals per year for a decade or so now.”