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POPULATION AND PEOPLE



RECENT RELEASES

Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009-10
Deaths, Australia, 2009
Births, Australia, 2009


UPCOMING RELEASES

Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2009
Information Paper: Measuring Net Undercount in the 2011 Population Census, 2011


REGIONAL POPULATION GROWTH, AUSTRALIA, 2009-10

Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 3218.0) was released on 31 March 2011. This product contains estimates of the resident population by Local Government Areas (LGA), Statistical Local Area (SLA), Statistical Division (SD), Statistical Subdivision, Statistical Districts and Remoteness Area as at 30 June 2001 to 2010 based on the 2010 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). Estimates for other geographic areas, such as postal areas, are available on request by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

Regional Population Growth also provides an overview of regional trends in Australia's population growth. Topics include high growth regions such as capital cities, outer suburbs and coastal areas, population decline, population change by remoteness areas, population density and Australia's centre of population. Further state/territory specific issues are also discussed in separate commentaries which include maps illustrating growth and decline in SLA populations and population density by SLA for capital city SDs.

Some highlights of the data include:

    • In each state and territory, population growth in 2009-10 generally continued to be most prominent in inner-city areas, outer suburbs and along the coast, while populations declined in some inland, rural areas.
    • The capital city SD with the largest growth was Melbourne, increasing by 79,000 people, followed by Sydney (75,600) and Brisbane (39,000). Perth experienced the fastest population growth rate at 2.3%.
    • The three most populous LGAs in Australia, all within Queensland, had three of the four largest increases in population. Brisbane increased by 14,800 people, Gold Coast by 12,900 and Moreton Bay by 11,100.
    • The four fastest-growing LGAs in Australia were all located in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, including Wyndham (up 8.8%) and Melton (7.1%).

Population estimates for June 2010 by sex and five year age-groups will be released on 4 August 2011 in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 3235.0).

From July 2011, the ABS will be replacing the nation's official statistical geography, the ASGC, with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The latest release of Regional Population Growth also contains information on the future of sub-state estimates under the ASGS.
DEATHS, AUSTRALIA, 2009

Released on 10 November 2010, Deaths, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3302.0) presents statistics on deaths and mortality in Australia. Summary statistics for the time period 2004 - 2009 for Statistical Divisions include: Estimated resident population, number of deaths, Indirect standardised death rate and Life expectancy at birth (by sex). Summary statistics for Statistical Local Areas and Local Government Areas in the same period include: Estimated resident population, number of deaths and Indirect standardised death rate.

Key findings in this release include:
    • There were 140,800 deaths registered in Australia in 2009, approximately 3,200 (2.2%) fewer than the number registered in 2008 (143,900).
    • The standardised death rate (SDR) decreased to 5.7 deaths per 1,000 standard population in 2009, down from 6.1 in 2008.
    • SDRs decreased for all states and territories over the last twenty years. The highest SDR in 2009 was in the Northern Territory (7.9 deaths per 1,000 standard population), while the lowest was in the Australian Capital Territory (5.4 deaths per 1,000 standard population).
    • There were 1,300 infant deaths (deaths of children less than one year of age) registered in Australia in 2009, which was 2.9% higher than the number registered in 2008.
    • In 2009, 2,400 deaths were registered in Australia where the deceased person was identified as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.

BIRTHS, AUSTRALIA, 2009

Released on 3 November 2010, Births, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3301.0) provides data on fertility and live births. Number of births and fertility rates are available at the Local Government Area and Statistical Local Area geographic levels. These data is also available for Statistical Divisions, as well as age specific fertility rates and median age of mother.

Key findings from this release include:
    • In 2009, Australia's total fertility rate was 1.90 babies per woman, a small decrease from 1.96 babies per woman in 2008.
    • Fertility rates were highest for women aged 30-34 years, recording 124 babies per 1,000 women.
    • There were 295,700 births registered in Australia in 2009, approximately 900 (0.3%) fewer than the number registered in 2008 (296,600).
    • Total Fertility Rates (TFRs) for all states and territories decreased in 2009, except for Queensland.
    • During 2009, 5% of all registered births in Australia had at least one parent who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. The total fertility rates for Indigenous women increased from 2.52 babies per woman in 2008 to 2.57 in 2009.

POPULATION BY AGE AND SEX, REGIONS OF AUSTRALIA, 2009

To be released on 4 August 2011, Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 3235.0) will contain final estimates of the resident populations by age (in five-year age groups up to 85 and over) and sex of areas of Australia as at 30 June 2005 and preliminary estimates as at 30 June 2010, based on Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs), Statistical Divisions (SDs) and states and territories, according to the 2010 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).


INFORMATION PAPER: MEASURING NET UNDERCOUNT IN THE 2011 POPULATION CENSUS, 2011

Measuring Net Undercount in the 2011 Population Census (cat. no. 2940.0.55.001), to be released on 6 July 2011, will explain the methodology to be used in conducting the 2011 Census Post Enumeration Survey, including changes since the 2006 survey.

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