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NSW Demography Update


Latest Snapshot of NSW

The latest population figures for NSW are available in Australian Demographic Statistics, March 2007 (cat. no. 3101.0). This edition also includes the release of the latest Experimental Estimates for Australia's Indigenous population, and contains two feature articles:
  • Preliminary rebasing and the component revision cycles of Australia's population estimates
  • Indigenous Estimated Resident Population – Method of calculation.

Information on the Estimated Resident Population of NSW and other states/territories at 30 June 2007 is available in the latest edition of Australian Demographic Statistics, June 2007 (cat. no. 3101.0).

Experimental Estimate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – NSW

At June 2006, 148,200 Indigenous people were resident in NSW, the largest Indigenous population of any state or territory in Australia. Indigenous people made up 2.2% of the state's population and had a much younger age distribution than the non-Indigenous population.
Age and Sex Distribution for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Persons, NSW, 30 June 2006

Age and Sex Distribution for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Persons
Source: Australian Demographic Statistics, March 2007 (cat. no. 3101.0)

Births – NSW

NSW recorded 87,300 births in 2006 with a Total Fertility Rate of 1.80 babies per woman. The trend for women to have babies at older ages continues. From 2005 to 2006, fertility rates in NSW declined for women under 30 years of age and increased for women 30 years and over. In 2006 the median age for mothers was 31.0 years with the highest fertility rates among women aged 30-34 years (120.0 births per 1000 women). In comparison, the median age for mothers in 1996 was 29.3 years with the highest fertility rates among women aged 25-29 years (118.1 births per 1000 women).

For further information see Births, Australia 2006 (cat. no. 3301.0).

Total Fertility Rate(a), States and territories, 2006
Total Fertility Rate, States and territories, 2006
Source: Births, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 3301.0)

Deaths – NSW

In recent years, death rates for states and territories have generally declined. For NSW, the 2004-06 Standardised Death Rate was 6.1 deaths per 1,000 population. The median age at death for males in NSW was 77.6 years, and 83.4 years for females.

For further information see Deaths, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 3302.0)

Latest Life Expectancy data now available

Over the past 20 years life expectancy has improved in NSW by 6.1 years for males and 4.6 years for females. A boy born in 2004-2006 can expect to live 78.6 years while a girl can expect to live 83.4 years.

For the latest information on life expectancy in NSW see Life Tables, New South Wales, 2006 (cat. no. 3302.2.55.001).

For further information on ABS demographic data contact the National Information and Referrals Service on 1300 135 070 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.