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3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2001  
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ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION - 31 DECEMBER 2001, Preliminary

Before 10 June each year, the Australian Statistician determines the population of each State and Territory at 31 December of the previous year for the purposes of A New Tax System (Commonwealth-State Financial Arrangements) Act 1999. This publication summarises the State and Territory population estimates. These population estimates together with other supporting statistics and analysis will be published on 6 June 2002 in Australian Demographic Statistics, December Quarter 2001 (Cat. no. 3101.0).

ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION, Preliminary

Population at 31 Dec
Change over

previous year
2000
2001

no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales
6,568,902
6,642,879
73,977
1.1
Victoria
4,791,268
4,854,133
62,865
1.3
Queensland
3,603,043
3,670,459
67,416
1.9
South Australia
1,511,183
1,518,874
7,691
0.5
Western Australia
1,893,490
1,918,805
25,315
1.3
Tasmania
472,288
473,252
964
0.2
Northern Territory
198,487
199,868
1,381
0.7
Australian Capital Territory
319,303
322,638
3,335
1.0
Australia(a)
19,360,618
19,603,502
242,884
1.3

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


ABOUT THESE STATISTICS

These estimates have been calculated using the results of the 2001 Census of Population and Housing, estimates of Census net undercount, demographic adjustments, birth and death registrations, estimates of net permanent and long-term overseas migration, and estimates of net interstate migration.


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION

The preliminary estimated resident population of Australia at December 2001, based on the 2001 Census of Population and Housing, was 19,603,500 persons. The population increased by 242,900 persons since December 2000 and 56,000 persons since September 2001.


POPULATION GROWTH RATES

For the year ended December 2001 the Australian population grew by 1.3%. All States and Territories had positive growth rates, the highest being for Queensland (1.9%) and the lowest for Tasmania (0.2%).


FUTURE ISSUES

These population estimates together with other supporting statistics and analysis will be published on 6 June 2002 in Australian Demographic Statistics, December Quarter 2001 (Cat. no. 3101.0).

The above preliminary estimates will be revised following the receipt and analysis of final overseas arrivals and departures data, the compilation of final category jumping estimates (both expected by early 2003), more detailed analysis of second release processing data from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing (expected November 2002) and additional data on other components of growth (births, deaths and interstate migration).

Detailed results from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing will be released on Monday, 17 June 2002.

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