3106.0 - Demography News, Nov 2004  
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Population Growth Rates, March 2004 Figures

    The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at March 2004 was 20.1 million persons, an increase of 234,800 since March 2003 and 64,000 since December 2003. The national growth rate during the 12 months ended March 2004 was 1.2%, the same as the growth rate for the previous 12 months.

    Natural increase for the year ended March 2004 was 115,400 persons, an increase of 1.3% on the number recorded in the year ended March 2003 (113,900). Births contributed 249,300 babies and deaths removed 133,900 persons from the population in the year ended March 2004.

    Net overseas migration was 37,600 persons in the March quarter 2004, a decrease of 9% from the number recorded in the March quarter 2003 (41,600). During the March quarter 2004 there were 118,700 permanent and long-term arrivals and 81,100 permanent and long-term departures after migration adjustments.

    The March quarter 2004 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) was released on 16 September 2004. For more information please contact Rachael Hill on (02) 6252 6296 or rachael.hill@abs.gov.au