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3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/09/2009   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Population at end Mar qtr 2009
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 076.5
112.5
1.6
Victoria
5 402.6
111.9
2.1
Queensland
4 380.4
112.7
2.6
South Australia
1 618.2
18.6
1.2
Western Australia
2 224.3
67.6
3.1
Tasmania
501.8
5.0
1.0
Northern Territory
223.1
4.8
2.2
Australian Capital Territory
349.9
6.0
1.8
Australia(a)
21 779.1
439.1
2.1

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

Population growth
Graph: Population growth

Population Growth Rate, Year ended current quarter
Graph: Population Growth Rate, Year ended current quarter




MARCH KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2009 was 21,779,000 persons. This was an increase of 439,100 persons (2.1%) since 31 March 2008 and 135,100 persons since 31 December 2008.
  • Preliminary natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2009 (160,800) was 15.2% (or 21,200 persons) higher than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2008 (139,700).
  • Preliminary net overseas migration for the year ended 31 March 2009 was 278,200 persons.


POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 2.1% during the 12 months ended 31 March 2009. Natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 37% and 63% respectively to this total population growth.
  • All states and territories experienced positive population growth over the 12 months ended 31 March 2009. Western Australia recorded the largest percentage gain (3.1%) and Tasmania the smallest (1.0%).




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