3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2017 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Population at end Mar qtr 2017
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 837.7
123.3
1.6
Victoria
6 290.7
149.4
2.4
Queensland
4 907.6
75.4
1.6
South Australia
1 721.0
10.3
0.6
Western Australia
2 576.0
18.4
0.7
Tasmania
520.1
3.1
0.6
Northern Territory
245.0
0.3
0.1
Australian Capital Territory
409.1
7.2
1.8
Australia(a)
24 511.8
389.1
1.6

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



MARCH KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2017 was 24,511,800 people. This is an increase of 389,100 people since 31 March 2016, and 126,100 people since 31 December 2016.
  • The preliminary estimate of natural increase for the year ended 31 March 2017 (142,400 people) was 5.8%, or 8,800 people lower than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2016 (151,300 people).
  • The preliminary estimate of net overseas migration (NOM) for the year ended 31 March 2017 (231,900 people) was 26.9%, or 49,100 people higher than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2016 (182,800 people).

Graph Image for Population growth, Quarterly

Source(s): Australian Demographic Statistics, March quarter 2017




POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.6% during the year ended 31 March 2017.
  • Natural increase and NOM contributed 36.6% and 59.6% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 March 2017 with intercensal difference accounting for the remainder.
  • All states and territories recorded positive population growth in the year ended 31 March 2017.
  • Victoria recorded the highest growth rate of all states and territories at 2.4%. The Northern Territory recorded the lowest growth rate at 0.1%.

Graph Image for Population growth rate, Year ended 31 March 2017

Source(s): Australian Demographic Statistics, March quarter 2017