ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
The preliminary estimated resident population for Western Australia was 2,061,477 in the September quarter 2006, an increase of 10,593 persons or 0.52% from the June quarter 2006. The percentage rise in population of 0.52% was the highest across the nation, ahead of the Northern Territory (up 0.51%) and Queensland (up 0.42%), and well above national population growth of 0.33%. In the September quarter 2006, Western Australia recorded 7,070 births and 2,948 deaths, a natural increase of 4,122 persons. Net overseas migration was a gain of 5,582 persons, while net interstate migration also recorded a gain of 889 persons.