3106.0 - Demography News, Sep 2003  
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Preliminary state and territory estimated resident population by age and sex for 30 June 2002 were released on the 14 August 2003. The main features and Data Cube for Population by Age and Sex, States and Territories - Electronic release (cat. no 3235.1-8.55.001), can be accessed through AusStats and ABS@. Each data cube contains estimates of the population classified by sex and grouped ages to Statistical Local Area level (based on Australian Standard Geographical Classification, 2002 Edition, cat. no. 1216.0).

The median age of the Australian population (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) at June 2002 was 35.9 years. South Australia had the oldest population of all the states and territories (median age of 37.9 years) at June 2002, followed by Tasmania (37.7 years), New South Wales (36.1 years), Victoria (36.0 years), Queensland (35.3 years), Western Australia (35.2 years) and the Australian Capital Territory (33.5 years). The Northern Territory had the youngest population in Australia (28.9 years).

For more information please contact Jacqui Cristiano on (02) 6252 5117 or jacqui.cristiano@abs.gov.au