3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2015 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Population at end Mar qtr 2015
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 596.6
101.2
1.4
Victoria
5 914.9
97.5
1.7
Queensland
4 766.7
61.1
1.3
South Australia
1 696.2
13.9
0.8
Western Australia
2 587.0
35.3
1.4
Tasmania
516.1
1.5
0.3
Northern Territory
243.8
0.5
0.2
Australian Capital Territory
389.7
4.8
1.3
Australia(a)
23 714.3
316.0
1.4

(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 31 March 2015
Graph: Population Growth Rate, Year ended 31 March 2015




MARCH KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2015 was 23,714,300 people. This reflects an increase of 316,000 people since 31 March 2014, and 93,900 people since 30 December 2014.
  • The preliminary estimate of natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2015 (142,900 people) was 9.7%, or 15,400 people lower than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2014 (158,300 people).
  • The preliminary estimate of net overseas migration (NOM) recorded for the year ended 31 March 2015 (173,100 people) was 16.0%, or 33,000 people lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2014 (206,100 people).


POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.4% during the year ended 31 March 2015.
  • Natural increase and NOM contributed 45% and 55% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 March 2015.
  • All states and territories recorded positive population growth in the year ended 31 March 2015.
  • Victoria recorded the highest growth rate of all states and territories at 1.7%. The Northern Territory a recorded the lowest growth rate at 0.2%.