The Bureau of Statistics has revealed that Australia’s population is likely to increase to 24 million on Tuesday, predicted 17 years ago.

According to Fairfax Media, the bureau has projected that the population clock will reach the limit 24 million at 12:51 on Tuesday. It has just been two years, nine months and two days since the nation hit the population limit of 23 million. It was in late 1999 when the Bureau predicted that the population would not reach 24 million until 2033.

The upsurge in the fertility rate, greater longevity and increased migration rate have been the reasons of such an unexpected rise in Australia’s population growth. A mini baby boom in the last decade has prompted the population rise extensively. The nation’s fertility rate rose from 1.75 babies per woman in 2001 to two babies per woman from 2007 to 2010.

Private sector demographer Mark McCrindle said that the unexpected rapid growth of Australia’s population helps in explaining the frustration that the public is facing about traffic gridlock. “It’s no real surprise that infrastructure is playing catch up because the population has overshot the forecasts on which the planning was based,” he said.

When factors like births, deaths, migration rate are taken into consideration, the population increases seems to increase by one person, every one minute and 31 seconds. Bureau of Statistics Director of Demography Beidar Cho said that Australia’s population is expected to reach 25 million in 2018 and it is being projected that the population will keep on increasing by a million persons at every interval of two to three years.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia’s population has swung to six-fold since Federation in 1901. During that time, 3.8 million Australians lived in the capital city of the nation, constituting 37 percent of the total Australia’s population, while at present the proportion is 67 percent. Sydney’s population is likely to top five million later in 2015, while Melbourne is in the race of reaching the same limit.

Related News: A-League Football 2015: No Team for Canberra, Population Not Enough