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1318.3 - Qld Stats, Dec 2008  
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Population change, Queensland

Regional population growth


POPULATION CHANGE, QUEENSLAND

The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) for Queensland was 4,279,400 at 30 June 2008, an increase of 98,000 (2.3%) since 30 June 2007. Queensland accounted for 20% of the Australian population at 30 June 2008.

Between the March 2008 quarter and the June 2008 quarter, 41% (10,700 persons) of the total population increase of 26,200 persons was due to net overseas migration, 39% (10,200 persons) to natural increase (excess of births over deaths) and 20% (5,300 persons) attributable to net interstate migration.

Population Change from Previous Quarter - June 2008 quarter
Graph: Population Change from Previous Quarter—June 2008 quarter


Further information about Queensland's population can be accessed from Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released quarterly.


REGIONAL POPULATION GROWTH

At 30 June 2007, the Queensland population was estimated to be 4,182,100 persons. The south east corner comprising Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and West Moreton statistical divisions accounted for two-thirds (66%) of the state's population.

Regional Population(a), by Statistical Division: at 30 June - 2001, 2006 and 2007

2001
2006
2007
'000
'000
'000

Statistical division
Brisbane
1 629.1
1 820.4
1 857.6
Gold Coast
432.6
518.1
535.5
Sunshine Coast
247.2
295.1
303.1
West Moreton
65.7
72.7
74.3
Wide Bay-Burnett
236.5
269.3
275.7
Darling Downs
210.4
227.1
229.3
South West
27.0
26.4
26.2
Fitzroy
181.7
200.6
204.5
Central West
12.5
11.6
11.4
Mackay
137.5
159.9
163.1
Northern
190.3
209.6
214.3
Far North
224.2
247.6
253.7
North West
34.3
33.2
33.3
Queensland
3 628.9
4 091.5
4 182.1

(a) Estimates as at 30 June are final for 2001, preliminary rebased for 2006 on results of the Census of Population and Housing, 2006, and preliminary for 2007. For all years, statistical divisions are based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2007 Edition.
Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0).


The fastest growing statistical divisions over the six years between 30 June 2001 and 30 June 2007 were Gold Coast with an average annual growth rate of 3.6%, Sunshine Coast (3.5%) and Mackay (2.9%). Three statistical divisions recorded negative average annual growth during the same period: North West (-0.5%), South West (-0.5%) and Central West (-1.5%).

Regional Population, Average Annual Growth Rate, at 30 June - 2001 to 2007
Graph: Regional Population, Average Annual Growth Rate, at 30 June—2001 to 2007


Note: On 24 July 2007, the ABS released preliminary rebased estimates of regional population for June 2006, based on the results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. On 1 October 2007, additional data was released with this product. At that time, spreadsheets and a data cube containing estimates for all years from June 1996 to June 2006 became available.

For more information on Queensland's regional population distribution, please refer to Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released annually.


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