3106.0 - Demography News, Jun 2003  
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In the 12 months to June 2002, the Australian resident population increased by 249,500, reaching 19,662,800 persons in total, with growth in all states and territories. Over the 20 years to 2002, the Australian population increased by 4,478,500 (29%). Since 1982 there has been slow growth (6%) in the number of children (aged 0-14 years) in the population. In contrast, the number of persons aged 15-64 years has increased by 33%, and the number of persons aged 65 years and over has increased by 66%. This disparate growth pattern reflects a shift in the age structure of the total population, commensurate with gradual population ageing.

The Census edition of Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories (cat. no. 3201.0) was released on 27 March, 2003. This issue contains final estimates of the resident population of Australian states and territories as at 30 June 1997 to 2001 and preliminary estimates as at 30 June 2002, based on the 2001 Census of Population and Housing. The publication contains estimates of population for each state and territory classified by sex and single years of age (0 - 84), as well as grouped ages, sex ratios, median and mean ages of the population.

For more information please contact Genevieve Heard on (02) 6252 7883 or genevieve.heard@abs.gov.au