3106.0 - Demography News, Feb 2003  
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The preliminary estimated resident population of Australia at June 2002 was 19.7 million persons, an increase of around 220,000 persons since June 2001. The world population at June 2002 was estimated to be 6.2 billion persons, an increase of around 74 million since June 2001. For the 12 months ended June 2002 Australia's population growth rate (1.1%) was slightly below the world's population growth rate (1.2%). When compared with selected countries it was the same as New Zealand (1.1%) comparable with Thailand (1.0%) higher than Japan and Germany (each 0.1%) and lower than Singapore (3.5%). The June Quarter 2002 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) issued 12 December 2002 shows, together with regular data, a comparison of Australia's population growth with the growth experienced by selected overseas countries. For more information please contact
anne.ward@abs.gov.au on (02) 6252 6296.