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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Sep 2008  
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The NSW population at 31 December 2007 was 6.93 million people, an increase of 72,900 people (1.1%) over the previous 12 months. In 2007, there were 89,500 births in NSW and 46,700 deaths, resulting in a natural increase of 42,800. NSW also recorded a net overseas migration gain of 54,200 people and a net interstate migration loss of 24,000 people.

For the latest quarterly information on these and other key demographic indicators see Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).


There were 6.89 million residents in NSW at 30 June 2007. Almost one in five residents were children (19.4%) aged 0-14 years. Two thirds of the population (67.0%) were of working age (15-64 years), with 2.98 million working aged people residing in the Sydney Statistical Division (SD). Older people (65 years and over) represented 13.7% of the NSW population and were more likely to live in SDs along the NSW coast.

At 30 June 2007 there were 98.1 males for every 100 females in NSW. Females outnumbered males in all SDs along the NSW coast. The median age for NSW was 36.9 years. Reflecting their longer life expectancy the median age for females was 37.7 years, 1.5 years higher than males at 36.2 years.

For more detail on these figures see Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3235.0).

Population by age and sex, Sydney SD and Remainder of NSW, 30 June 2007
Diagram: Population by age and sex, Sydney SD and Remainder of NSW, 30 June 2007


The ABS will be replacing the current ASGC with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) through an implementation strategy commencing in 2011. This decision is based on a review of the ASGC conducted in 2007. The Information Paper: Outcome from The Review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (cat. no. 1216.0.55.002) was released in July, and highlights the main stakeholder concerns arising from the review and the subsequent changes made to the ASGS to address these concerns.

The design of the new ASGS will occur throughout 2008-2010. Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) design will be the next step in the process and will involve intensive user consultation with key stakeholders on the design of SA2s. There will be considerable opportunities for SA2 boundaries to be changed resulting from stakeholders feedback. The consultation period will be a 3 month process and SA2 design should be completed by mid 2009.

For more information on the outcomes and changes from the review see Outcome from The Review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (cat. no. 1216.0.55.002).

For further information on access to ABS publications and data contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email

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