ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
This product contains estimates of the resident populations of areas of Australia as at 30 June in each year from 2001 to 2011. These estimates are provided for Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs), Statistical Districts and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2011 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). Estimates for Remoteness Areas as defined in the 2006 ASGC and Commonwealth and State Electoral Divisions as defined for the 2006 Census are also included.
Although the majority of the text in this product focuses on changes at the LGA level, selected SLAs are referred to in some of the text and tables, particularly where LGAs cover multiple SLAs, such as Brisbane (C) and Darwin (C), and in unincorporated areas within the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. Estimates of the resident population of all LGAs and SLAs in Australia are available in spreadsheets accompanying this release in the Downloads tab.
The total population of the Other Territories, namely Jervis Bay Territory, Territory of Christmas Island, Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Off-Shore Areas and Migratory is included in all references to the total population of Australia. However, the Other Territories are excluded from commentary about the states and territories of Australia.
ERP STATUS AND FUTURE RELEASES
The estimates in this product are final for 2001 to 2006 and revised for 2007 to 2010 (denoted 2007r, 2008r, 2009r and 2010r). Estimates for 2011 are preliminary (denoted 2011p).
The 2011 Census of Population and Housing was conducted on 9 August 2011. Initial estimates for 30 June 2011, based on the 2011 Census, will be available in a special issue of this publication planned for release on 31 July 2012. Age-sex breakdowns of these estimates will be released on 31 August 2012 in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2011. Final Census-based estimates for June 2007 through to June 2011 are intended to be released in August 2013. Totals will be released in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2011 while age-sex breakdowns will be released in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2011.
ACCURACY OF POPULATION ESTIMATES
It is important to recognise that sub-state/territory population estimates in this product are produced using 2006 census data and mathematical models and are subject to error. Caution should be exercised when using the estimates, especially for areas with very small populations. For more information see paragraphs 13 to 17 of the Explanatory Notes.
In commentary based on statistics in this publication, it is recommended that the relevant statistics be rounded. While unrounded figures are provided in spreadsheets in order to facilitate calculations of sums and percentages, accuracy to the last digit is not claimed and should not be assumed. No reliance should be placed on statistics with small values.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
A new data cube, containing population estimates by Commonwealth and State Electoral Divisions (as defined for the 2006 Census) from 2001 to 2011, has been added. This information can be found in the Downloads tab of this product.
A glossary, containing definitions of key terms used throughout this product, has also been added. This can be accessed via the Explanatory Notes tab.
A data cube containing experimental population estimates for 2001 to 2006 based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) has been included in this release. Estimates for the Statistical Area 2 (SA2) level and above can be found in the Downloads tab of this product. These estimates are not finalised at this stage. Feedback can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUTURE CHANGES IN THIS PRODUCT
On 30 June 2011 the ABS replaced the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Sub-state population estimates from 30 June 2012 will no longer be prepared or released at the SLA level, but instead at the Statistical Area 2 (SA2) level. LGA estimates will continue to be prepared and released. For more information see: ASGS and the future of sub-state population estimates.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Tricia Dyson on Adelaide (08) 8237 7662.