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3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/03/2009   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Population at end Sep qtr 2008
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 017.1
92.3
1.3
Victoria
5 340.3
97.0
1.8
Queensland
4 320.1
105.1
2.5
South Australia
1 607.7
18.0
1.1
Western Australia
2 188.5
62.6
2.9
Tasmania
498.9
4.6
0.9
Northern Territory
221.1
4.7
2.2
Australian Capital Territory
346.4
4.9
1.4
Australia(a)
21 542.5
389.3
1.8

(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




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 30 September 2008 was 21,542,000 persons. This was an increase of 389,000 persons (1.8%) since 30 September 2007 and 111,000 persons since 30 June 2008.
  • Preliminary natural increase recorded for the year ended 30 September 2008 (153,400) was 8.7% (or 12,300 persons) higher than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 30 September 2007 (141,100).
  • Preliminary net overseas migration for the year ended 30 September 2008 was 235,900 persons.


POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.8% during the 12 months ended 30 September 2008. Natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 39% and 61% respectively to this total population growth.
  • All states and territories experienced positive population growth over the 12 months ended 30 September 2008. Western Australia recorded the largest percentage gain (2.9%) and Tasmania the smallest (0.9%).




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