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2011 Census Edition — Final

PLEASE NOTE: Contains final estimates rebased to the 2011 Census and recast estimates back to September 1991.

DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Population at end Dec qtr 2012
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 348.9
90.4
1.2
Victoria
5 679.6
99.5
1.8
Queensland
4 610.9
92.5
2.0
South Australia
1 662.2
15.6
0.9
Western Australia
2 472.7
83.0
3.5
Tasmania
512.4
0.4
0.1
Northern Territory
236.9
4.2
1.8
Australian Capital Territory
379.6
8.6
2.3
Australia(a)
22 906.4
394.2
1.8

(a) Includes Other Territories comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Population growth, Quarterly
Graph: Population growth, Quarterly

Population Growth Rate, Year ended December 2012
Graph: Population Growth Rate, Year ended December 2012




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 December 2012 was 22,906,400 people. This reflects an increase of 394,200 people since 31 December 2011 and 94,100 people since 30 September 2012.
  • The preliminary estimates of natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2012 (158,300 people) was 4.2%, or 6,300 people, higher than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2011 (152,000 people).
  • The preliminary estimates of net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2012 (235,900 people) was 17.0%, or 34,400 people, higher than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2011 (201,600 people).


POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.8% during the year ended 31 December 2012.
  • Natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 40% and 60% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 December 2012.
  • All states and territories recorded positive population growth in the year ended 31 December 2012. Western Australia continued to record the fastest growth rate of all states and territories at 3.5%. Tasmania recorded the slowest growth rate at 0.1%.

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