BHP Submission – National Sustainable Population Strategy

Location:  Pilbara, Western Australia

Brief:  The National Sustainable Population Strategy was announced to provide a plan for Australia’s population growth and settlement management.

MacroPlan Dimasi were commissioned to provide a submission on behalf of BHP Billiton to support an evidence-based approach to Australia’s population discussions.

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Methodology:  The project involved production of population and workforce modelling for the North West of Western Australia (Port Hedland, Karratha, Tom Price) and preparation of a housing strategy for FIFO and permanent residents; preparation for Chamber of Minerals and Energy & BHP detailed population and employment forecasts for the Pilbara region.

Result:  MacroPlan Dimasi recently completed a detailed submission on behalf of BHP to the Federal Governments “A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia” ‐ pointing out that a simplistic population strategy is not achievable given the variables of geography (settlement patterns) and labour force demand (implications of net overseas migration). As opposed to a strategy, MacroPlan assessed that there was a requirement to have a “National Population, Urban Settlement and Infrastructure Charter”. Such a Charter would set out the framework for:

  • National urban settlement patterns, with the objective to drive geographic dispersion, and

  • Understanding national, state and local policy directions which are necessary to achieve population outcomes. The Charter would complement existing legislative framework.